Quarterback recruitment is always a fickle process. It is arguably the most important position on the football and therefore it is often times the most scrutinized position collegiate programs recruit. Marin Catholic's Spencer Petras can attest to that.
Over the last month as college coaches have been able to get out to evaluate high school athletes, the 6'5" signal caller has seen his stock soar. As of two weeks ago, Petras had earned offers from Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State, Hawaii, Wyoming, UNLV, Cornell and Syracuse. Since the evaluation period has begun though Louisville, San Diego State, Cal, Colorado State and most recently, Oregon State have all extended offers after seeing him throw in person.
"Recruiting is definitely picking up for me lately. With the spring evaluation period just beginning and a lot of schools that were on the fence after watching my film, came by and got a chance to come watch me. They left impressed enough to pull the trigger and offers started to come in after watching me throw," Petras told BeaverBlitz.
With Marin Catholic High School being located in Kentfield, California, it falls into tight ends coach Dave Baldwin's territory. It didn't take long for him to come to the conclusion that Spencer could spin it, as shortly after watching a throwing session Coach Baldwin offered a scholarship to Petras.
"Coach Baldwin was down here visiting with my coach and took the opportunity to watch me throw. He was really impressed and about 30 minutes after we were done, I got a call from him saying that they wanted to offer. We talked for a bit on the phone then, he said he really liked what he saw and that the staff as a whole was really fired up about me."
Despite Oregon State being new to the table, Spencer does know a bit about the programs' rich quarterback tradition. That tradition is one that looks to be continued by someone who Petras has competed against for several years, 2017 signee Aidan Willard. Spencer is hoping to speak with Willard soon about why he chose the Beavers' program and to get his perspective on what Oregon State is all about.
With Oregon State now in contention for Petras' commitment, they have squarely affixed themselves towards the top of his recruitment. So much so, that as of right now, Petras is looking to take a visit to Corvallis to see the campus and if he likes what he sees, a commitment could follow.
"I am going to be heading up to visit Oregon State pretty soon and it's the only visit I'm looking to make right now. In terms of timeframe, I don't really have a set date or anything like that but preferably as soon as possible I'd like to make a commitment to a school that I'm comfortable with. I'm not going to rush to a decision, I really want to let the process happen and once I decide if a school is right for me, then I'll pull the trigger and commit."