With the de-commitment of Adrian Martinez on Tuesday, California moved swiftly to offer a local signal-caller on Wednesday, and before that local offeree -- Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic's Spencer Petras -- got moving too swiftly himself, at a track meet on Wednesday afternoon, he took a moment to bask in his latest offer.
Petras -- who knows current Bears Collin Moore and Alex Netherda from a flag football league at Marin Catholic ("I'm sure they'll be fired up," he said) -- figures he's been to 10 Cal games over the last five years, in large part to watch another former Wildcat, Jared Goff, who offered his thoughts about the offer on Twitter.
"It was incredible," Petras said of the offer. "I've always been a Bears fan, my whole life, so it was pretty surreal, and awesome to get an offer today. It was awesome. [The tweet] means a lot. I text Jared occasionally, and I work with him, stuff like that. He comes back to MC a good amount, so it's cool. He's a great guy, and it was awesome that he did that."
The offer, Petras said, came after a morning throwing workout, which was observed by Bears quarterback coach Marques Tuiasosopo. Petras has camped twice at Cal -- both with Tony Franklin and Jake Spavital -- and has been to Berkeley as a recruit, he figures, about five times, including an unofficial visit two weeks ago.
"My coach [Mazi Moayed] talked with our area recruiter, I started talking to coach Tui, and our relationship kept growing," Petras said. "He visited our school today, visited my coach, and I was working out when he visited. I talked to coach [Justin] Wilcox today, and they offered. It was awesome."
While he was on his unofficial two weeks ago, Petras got a chance to see just how Tuiasosopo operates and coaches.
"I sat in on a meeting, and watched practice, and everything," Petras said. "I just really love how he coaches guys. He seems like a solid dude, and honestly, the whole staff is high-character, high-integrity guys. They really directed everyone well, and I really liked it."
At 6-foot-5, 219 pounds, Petras has got a howitzer on his shoulder, with a quick, effortless motion with plus-plus arm strength and accuracy down field. Petras is also a bit of a runner, rushing for 310 yards this last season. His track numbers, too, are impressive for an athlete his size, running an 11.7-second 100-meter dash (he also runs the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay) and a 44.2-second 300-meter hurdle time. That all shows up in his ability to shrug off tackles and to stay upright, with his shoulders down field, in the face of a rush. He's also able to keep a stable launch platform when facing contact and would-be tacklers.
"They love my ability to throw the ball, and they said I have a great presence about me, and leadership qualities," Petras said. "They like my frame, my arm, and everything like that, and they think I'll be really successful in Cal's offense."
The one negative, looking at his film, is that he's more often than not a one-read QB, but that's a function of the offense that he's in -- a system that most closely resembles the Tony Franklin System. In that system, quarterbacks really only have reads to one side of the field, so it looks like he's locking on to a single receiver. It's the same offense that Goff ran while at Marin Catholic, so it's not something that should be held against Petras. However, his film does show him look off some routes, find the hot underneath, and he repeatedly shows great anticipation in his throws -- all big positives.
"We have some plays where I'm going through a full-field read, but yeah," Petras said, in regards to the half-field read progressions.
Moayed, who also coached Goff, has been impressed by the new staff, Petras said.
"He loves them," Petras said. "I was just talking to him, right before I talked to you, and he was saying how great of a guy coach Tui is, and he has nothing but great things to say about the staff, about their integrity and their ability as a staff. He loves them."
Petras wants to be committed "as soon as possible," but has no timeline.
"I"m not going to rush any decision or anything like that," said Petras. "I'm still figuring everything out. I'm just waiting and seeing and playing out all my options."
Before the offer from the Bears, Petras also got one from Louisville, and after a 3,036-yard, 33-passing touchdown season which also saw him rush for 310 yards and seven more scores, there are other teams sniffing around, but Petras was reluctant to name them, because he didn't want to speak for those programs (Nebraska has been very hot on his tail, and he has visited Lincoln recently). As for the Bears, Petras has already seen how well he could fit into the new Cal offense.
"I've talked with coach Tui about how they think I'd fit well, and I agree," Petras said. "Based off of what I saw at practice, I can do everything that would be asked of me at Cal."