By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – California is mostly uncharted territory for the Iowa football program when it comes to recruiting, but that didn't matter to four-star quarterback Spencer Petras.
Petras, a native of Kentfield, Calif., announced his commitment to Iowa on Friday via Twitter, just two weeks after receiving a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes.
"It feels great," Petras said. "I'm fired up to join such a great program. The program, the people and Iowa City felt like a perfect fit."
Petras is the 16th player to commit to Iowa's 2018 recruting class and the first quarterback to join the class.
The last two Iowa quarterbacks to come from the state of Calfornia were Dan McGwire, a native of Claremont, Calif., and Nathan Chandler.
Chandler is a Texas native but attended junior college in California and led Iowa to a 10-3 record in 2003, including a 37-17 victory over Florida in the 2004 Outback Bowl.
A story in the Portland Tribune said that the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Petras was going to stick with his commitment to Oregon State, but those reports turned out ot be false.
"At that moment I was still deciding," Petras said. "After coming back from my visit, I prayed a lot on this decision and finally today was confident about being a Hawkeye."
Petras said he plans to sign his letter of intent during the early signing period that beings on Dec. 20 and will enroll for the spring semester at Iowa.
Petras also had offers from California, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Lousiville, Nebraska, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Syracuse, UNLV and Wyoming.