It may be baseball season, but the Football Gods had a gift for Beaver Nation over Memorial Day weekend. Marin Catholic High School quarterback Spencer Petras has announced his commitment to Oregon State University.
The three-star recruit is a great get for the Beavers, and he will have the opportunity to make an impact in the Oregon State backfield in the years to come, as Gary Andersen and staff continue to refine the offense.
With offers from Cal, Louisville, Syracuse, Fresno State—among others—Petras’ decision to commit his future to the Beavers is the kind of strong recruiting victory that Coach Andersen and his staff need as they work to reestablish Oregon State as a West Coast football power.
Petras fits the recent mold of pro-style quarterbacks that the Beavers have recruited in the past couple of classes. Petras has prototypical size at 6’5” 210lbs, and shows decent mobility—despite his “pro-style” designation—and a strong arm in his highlights. His numbers are gaudy: over 3000 yards and 30 touchdowns through the air during his junior campaign, as well as an additional 300 and7 scores on the ground.
From his tweet, it sounds as if Spencer plans to enroll at Oregon State in January of next year, which would put him on campus in time for Spring Practice. If that ends up being the case, it will be a huge advantage of him in terms of acclimating to the speed and complexity of college football.
Petras narrowly missed breaking the single season passing record at Marin Catholic High School (held by 2016 number one overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff).
Petras’ stock rose over his junior season, and a strong senior year might cause it to rise further so arguably the best news comes straight from Petras’ own mouth. Per Yahoo Sports, he is “100% committed” to Oregon State. Anything is possible over the months until signing day, but as of right now it looks like the Beavers have ensured stability at the quarterback position in the 2018 recruiting class.
It is unclear how Petras’ commitment will impact Oregon State’s recruitment of quarterback Brevin White, who OregonLive has reported as strongly considering Oregon State in recent days. Given that White is ranked as the number nine pro-style QB in the nation by Rivals.com—and given Petras’ obvious talents—Oregon State might be wise to find a home for both of the talented signal callers if he, too, wants to become a Beaver.
And, as always—GO BEAVS!