IOWA CITY, Iowa — It took time and plenty of prayer, but Rivals 4-star quarterback Spencer Petras de-committed from Oregon State on Friday morning and is expected to sign with Iowa next Wednesday,
Petras, a 6-foot-5, 207-pound pro-style passer from Marin (Calif.) Catholic, visited Iowa last weekend and originally planned to stick with the Beavers. But the decision weighed on Petras and ultimately he picked the Hawkeyes. He will sign next week and enroll in January, according to Blair Sanderson of Rivals.
— Spencer Petras (@spencerpetras) December 15, 2017
“Primarily, I loved Iowa City. It’s a great place. It was much bigger than I expected. It really surpassed my expectations,” Petras told Rob Howe of Hawkeye Nation after his commitment. “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.”
Petras was committed to Oregon State and former coach Gary Andersen, who resigned midseason. Former Nebraska coach Mike Riley watched Petras throw for 4 touchdowns and 417 yards and run for 2 more scores in late October, but the quarterback stayed with Oregon State. Earlier this week, Petras told Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune he had decided to stay with Oregon State.
During his senior season, Petras completed 199 of 313 passes for 4,157 yards and 50 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. He also rushed for 223 yards and 8 touchdowns. Marin Catholic finished 12-1 this year. Petras threw for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns in a bowl game loss last week, which led opposing coach J.D. Hunsaker of Shasta to say, “That kid’s going to have a hell of a college football career.”
In his junior season, Petras completed 172 of 305 passes for 3,036 yards and 33 touchdowns with 8 picks. Petras is a 4-star recruit by Rivals and a 3-star recruit by 247Sports.
Petras’ commitment ends a whirlwind week for the Hawkeyes. After Petras opted to stay with Oregon State, Iowa set up a visit with former Boise State commit Zachary Wilson. But Wilson’s visit was canceled when Petras decided to commit.