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Iowa Football Recruiting: 4-Star QB Spencer Petras Signs With Hawkeyes

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The Hawkeyes have their QB in California commit Spencer Petras, who officially signed his National Letter of Intent today.

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Spencer Petras

Pos: QB

Hometown: Kentfield, CA

Ht: 6’5”

Wt: 225

Stars: 4

Other Offers: Cal, Louisville, Nebraska, Oregon State, Syracuse, Others

Commitment Post: Hawkeyes Land Spencer Petras

Spencer Petras is looking like quite the coup for the Iowa coaching staff. The former Oregon State commit flipped his commitment to Iowa only a week before signing day and shortly after being bumped to a 4-star by Rivals. Today, he is officially a Hawkeye.

The bump in rating came with good reason. Petras has a very good frame for a QB, standing 6’5” and 225 pounds, and has a big arm to go with it. He prepped at Marin Catholic, the same high school as former #1 draft pick and current LA Ram Jared Goff and as I pointed out in his commitment post, he stacks up quite well to Goff as a senior in high school.

On film, Petras shows both a big time arm and good accuracy on his deep passes. He also shows a really good ability to read a defense and step up in the pocket to avoid pressure.

He finished his senior season with 4,157 yards and 50 TDs with only a pair of interceptions. Obviously, those numbers are pretty incredible and unlikely to be replicable at the next level, but he appears to have all the tools the Iowa staff is looking for in a QB.

It’s a big time get at a position of need. Iowa likes to take one QB in every class to balance things out. This year is no exception. After missing out on some guys early in the cycle, evaluations were put on hold to an extent during the season. Grabbing such a high quality prospect like Petras before the early signing period was a huge win for the staff at a position of need.

Petras is the only commitment from the state of California in this class and the first for the Hawkeyes in more than a decade. While they’ve had some recruits who attended JUCO in California (Dillon Kidd in 2014, for example), Iowa hasn’t landed a QB from the state since Nathan Chandler came in from Pasadena Community College back in 2002.

Here’s a look at the full list of commitments in the class of 2018.

Iowa Football Class of 2018 Commitments

Name Pos Hometown Ht Wt Stars Commitment Date Signing Period
Name Pos Hometown Ht Wt Stars Commitment Date Signing Period
Jeff Jenkins OL Crystal Lake, IL 6'4" 272 3 1/22/2017 Early
Dillon Doyle LB Iowa City, IA 6'3" 215 3 3/20/2017 Early
Henry Geil RB Green Bay, WI 6'0" 211 3 4/23/2017 Early
Tyrone Tracy Jr. ATH Indianapolis, IN 6'0" 187 3 4/29/2017 Early
Tyler Linderbaum DT Solon, IA 6'2" 255 3 5/1/2017 Early
Samson Evans ATH Crystal Lake, IL 6'1" 190 2 5/21/2017 Early
Terry Roberts DB Erie, PA 5'10" 169 3 6/5/2017 Early
Cody Ince OL Balsam Lake, WI 6'5" 260 3 6/19/2017 Early
Jack Plumb TE Green Bay, WI 6'8" 245 3 6/26/2017 Early
Noah Shannon DT Oswego, IL 6'2" 285 3 7/4/2017 Early
DJ Johnson DB Indianapolis, IN 6'0" 170 3 8/22/2017 Late*
Julius Brents DB Indianapolis, IN 6'2" 180 4 9/1/2017 Late*
John Waggoner DE West Des Moines, IA 6'5" 245 4 12/5/2017 Early
Calvin Lockett WR Largo, FL 6'2" 170 3 12/13/2017 Early
Spencer Petras QB Kentfield, CA 6'5" 225 4 12/15/2017 Early
Dallas Craddieth DB Florrisant, MO 6'1" 180 4 12/20/2017 Early
Seth Benson LB Sioux Falls, SD 6'1" 210 2 12/21/2017 Early
Nico Ragaini WR West Haven, CT 6'0" 190 3 1/8/2017 NA
Logan Klemp LB Jewell, IA 6'3" 210 2 2/2/2018 Late
Kaevon Merriweather S Belleville, MI 6'2" 195 2 2/2/2018 Late
Jayden McDonald LB Suwanee, GA 6'1" 210 3 2/5/2018 Late

As a reminder, everything you need to know about the early signing period and Iowa’s class of 2018 can be found on our EARLY SIGNING PERIOD HEADQUARTERS.