Tyler Katoa 2017 ATH:
Tyler Katoa is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound quarterback from Layton, Utah. The four-star recruit can play almost any position on the field. But, he will most likely play safety or linebacker at the next level.
Katoa has drawn interest from many elite schools and although he hasn't created a short list yet the early favorites are BYU, Utah, Washington and Oregon State. Both of his parents competed in athletics at BYU. While Utah was the first program to offer him and his sister plays volleyball for Utah. He is also rumored to have Washington high on his list.
Oregon State may just have the trump card though. His cousins, Thor and Zach Katoa, both signed with Oregon State in Gary Andersen's first recruiting class and they have been pulling hard to get Tyler to join them. Tyler Katoa discussed his family connections when prompted by Andrew Nemec of the Oregonian:
"Family is family. That'd be really cool," he said. "Three Katoas on Oregon State would be a pretty neat thing. I'm really grateful. It's my first out-of-state offer, so I think it's really cool that they are one of the first out-of-state schools to jump on board. It means a lot, because I have family there."
While his ties to Oregon State are strong it might not be enough to dissuade him from choosing BYU. Tyler Katoa grew up a passionate BYU supporter. It also appears that if BYU gets invited to join the BIG 12 that it would make Katoa's decision even easier. He recently tweeted out:
If BYU gets in to the BIG 12 hmmm interesting.... #BYUtoBig12— TK (@TaylerKatoa) July 25, 2016
If Katoa does choose BYU, over the Beavers, then it could be the first of many examples where BIG 12 expansion negatively impacts Oregon States recruiting efforts. Anything can happen in the recruiting game though. Tyler Katoa will take his official visits and start to narrow down his list from there and will make a decision sometime this upcoming season.
Check out his highlight video:
Taniela Patutau 2017 ATH:
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver/tight end/corner back/safety prospect is a versatile athlete. The three-star recruit from Cottonwood, Utah is receiving attention from numerous Pac-12 schools. His brother, Fua Patutau, committed to the University of Utah and Taniela has expressed interest in teaming up with him. But he is also keeping his options open and won't make a decision until after his official visits.
With Oregon State in his top 5 he will probably visit Corvallis sometime this season and recruits more often than not, come away impressed with Oregon State's campus and Corvallis' family atmosphere.
Taniela Patutau also told Scout.com recently that he like Oregon State's coaching staff and how they plan to utilize him on offense. Many schools are looking to play Taniela on the defensive side of the ball but the Beavers appear to want to utilize him as a tight end.
Taniela plans to serve a two-year church mission after he graduates high school, but securing a commitment from him beforehand would be huge for Oregon State.
Check out his junior year's highlights:
Casey Roddick 2017 OL:
Casey Roddick is a 6-foot-4, 350-pound offensive lineman. The three-star recruit from Ventura, California is big, physical and has the size to play tackle or guard at the next level.
Roddick released his top five on Twitter and did something that recruits don't normally do, he released his top five in order. While Oregon State came in last on his list of five schools, Beaver fans should not discount their chances of landing Roddick. Recruits are allowed five official visits and if Roddick decides to check out Corvallis, he could easily change his mind and decide to attend Oregon State.
Here's his highlights from last year:
Aaron Banks 2017 OT:
The last man on this list is Aaron Banks a 6-foot-7, 345-pound offensive tackle. Aaron Banks is a four-star recruit from El Cerrito, California. He is considered one of ESPN's Top 300 recruits for the 2017 class and has garnered interest from numerous schools. He released his top 16 schools the other day and Oregon State made the list.
My Top Schools at this point in Alphabetical Order pic.twitter.com/Q7SxTTDHNY— BANKSofAMERICA™ (@bigaaronbanks) July 24, 2016
While making the top 16 schools is nice, it's still a very long list of schools and Oregon State will find it tough to ultimately secure a commitment from Aaron Banks. But, Banks has already taken an unofficial visit to Corvallis and seemed to really enjoy it. It's unknown when he will make his announcement, but he is a guy Oregon State fans should keep their eyes on.
Here's one of his highlight reels:
For more recruiting news check out the Pac-12 Blog, Pacific Takes, who recently wrote about Oregon State recruiting.