As the Oregon State Beavers try to rebuild under new head coach Jonathan Smith, they’ll have to do so without the influx of a highly-regarded talent under center.
Spencer Petras, a 4-star quarterback recruit from Greenbrae, California, announced on Friday he’d flipped from the Beavers to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
— Spencer Petras (@spencerpetras) December 15, 2017
From Land of 10, which originally reported the news for Diehards:
“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.”
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