Caring Is Creepy 2018: Have a Seat, Spencer Petras

By Patrick Vint on December 15, 2017 at 10:55 am
We gots a QB.

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HAVE A SEAT
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Something strange happened in the last few weeks on the recruiting trail.  Iowa, which didn't have a quarterback in the Class of 2018 and seemed fine with that, suddenly started throwing offers at quarterbacks across the country.  On Friday morning, they got a bite: Spencer Petras, the 6'5" (!) four-star (!!) quarterback prospect from suburban San Francisco (!!!) committed to the Hawkeyes.

Petras had previously committed to Oregon State, and reaffirmed that commitment even after the Beavers changed coaches, but a recent visit to Iowa City clearly changed his mind.  He also held offers from Louisville, Nebraska, Cal, Syracuse and a bunch of non-Power Five programs.  He reportedly threw for 50 touchdowns against two interceptions last season, which is one heck of a ratio.

Quarterback recruiting is a game unto itself.  Decisions from the top prospects generally happen early, and the commitments fall like dominoes; the top player in the class makes his decision, taking one school off the table, at which point the remaining teams turn to the second-best prospect, etc., etc.  Iowa has never really played that game (the lone exception over Ferentz's tenure being Jake Christiansen in 2006).  Rather, Iowa does two things: It recruits undervalued projects during the standard recruiting window (Nathan Stanley, Nik Shimonek, Jake Rudock, Ricky Stanzi, James Vandenberg), and it looks for already-committed guys that fit their system who may be available following a coaching change or other shift in the landscape (Drew Tate, C.J. Beathard, Tyler Wiegers, John Wienke).  Petras fits the latter description.  Whether he'll be a Beathard or a Wiegers is anyone's guess.

Speaking of Wiegers, the recent emphasis on finding a quarterback portends some movement in Iowa's depth chart, an already-stocked cabinet headed by a junior-to-be.  Wiegers is the most obvious candidate to move, but Ryan Boyle is probably due for a position switch at the very least.  Expect Iowa's quarterback depth chart to look considerably different next September.

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