Ryan Katz, the strong-armed former Oregon State QB, is transferring to San Diego State. The 6-1, 215-pound quarterback confirmed the move to CBS Thursday morning. As a graduate student, he will be eligible to play in 2012 for the Aztecs.
Katz becomes the second former Pac-12 player to join Rocky Long's program this week, following the news that former USC WR Brice Butler is also heading south.
Katz, known for having one of the most powerful arms in college football to go along with good mobility, started 14 games for the Beavers in three years, but was benched early in the 2011 season and sat behind redshirt freshman Sean Mannion. Katz figures to take over for departing SDSU QB Ryan Lindley.
The Santa Monica, Calif. native says the move is a great opportunity to come in and play right away, adding that it's "close to home. Coach (Rocky) Long and Coach (Andy) Ludwig are great coaches. I want to help them win ball games next year."
Word is the Aztecs also may end up with another former Pac-12 player in ex USC RB Dillon Baxter, a San Diego native. If Baxter ends up at SDSU, though, he wouldn't be eligible until the 2013 season.