With an Iowa official visit from Utah quarterback Zachary Wilson looming, his California counterpart Spencer Petras decided to make a move. It concluded the Hawkeyes’ search for a signal caller in the 2018 recruiting class.
Petras announced Friday that he would be switching his verbal commitment from Oregon State to Iowa. He planned to sign his national letter of intent on Wednesday and enroll at the school next month.
“I love the program, I love the people of Iowa, and I love Iowa City,” Petras told HN Friday morning. “I feel like I’m a great fit for the program. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz seems like an awesome man and I can’t wait to sign and join the program. After visiting, I truly felt at home with Iowa.”
We wrote extensively about Petras’ official visit from last weekend, which you can read HERE.
“Primarily, I loved Iowa City. It’s a great place. It was much bigger than I expected. It really surpassed my expectations,” Petras told HN then. “Additionally, it was great to meet coach (Kirk) Ferentz and the rest of the staff in person. I had met coach (Ken) O’Keefe before. Also, meeting the players and feeling the atmosphere there was awesome.”
It was thought that the Hawkeyes were on the outside looking in with Petras, however, when he told the Portland Tribune that he was sticking with his Oregon State commitment despite his enjoyment of the Iowa visit. Shortly after that, he said he was still thinking it over. It obviously was a tough decision after he had been pledged to the Beavers since the summer.
Wilson was committed to Boise State before reopening his recruitment on Wednesday. We wrote about his excitement regarding an Iowa official visit that was set to start Friday.
As one would expect, Wilson canceled his trip to Iowa after hearing of Petras commitment. Wilson was upset and said he felt like the Petras pledged because he was worried about losing his spot.
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Petras said that wasn’t the case.
“I made the decision when I was ready,” he said.
Petras (6-5, 210) enjoyed a big senior year, completing 199 of 313 passes (63.6%) for 4,157 yards and 50 touchdowns against just two interceptions for Greenbrae (CA) Marin Catholic. Rivals recently raised him from a three to four-star prospect.
Iowa has been searching hard for a quarterback in the ’18 cycle. It offered Petras, Wilson and Texas’ Matthew Baldwin within a few days of each other when position coach Ken O’Keefe went out on the road beginning late last month. Baldwin committed to Ohio State last weekend.
Starter Nate Stanley retains two years of eligibility following a sophomore season with the Hawkeyes that saw him throw for 2,338 yards and 25 touchdowns against just six interceptions. Tyler Wiegers (senior-to-be), Ryan Boyle (junior-to-be) and Peyton Mansell (redshirt freshman-to-be) are the other scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.
That number could decrease in the coming months, however. Wiegers graduates this month, while Boyle is on course to graduate in May. They might look elsewhere to find a clearer path to playing time.
Petras enrolling in January allows him to participate in offseason workouts and then in spring ball. He should be more prepared heading into his freshman season this coming fall.
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Petras, who is undecided on a major, found it hard saying no to Oregon State, a program with which he felt comfortable. In the end, he was at peace with his final decision.
“I’m fired up to be a Hawkeye,” he said.
Here’s a look at Petras’ senior film: