It will be interesting to see how the recruiting class shapes up for the Oregon State football program now that Jonathan Smith is in place.
The Beavers still seem to be holding steady with most of their recruits as the early signing period of Dec. 20-22 approaches, including two quarterbacks who should fit right in with the offense that Smith and new offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren will install.
Spencer Petras is one of the QBs and also is the most highly ranked of the group so far with four stars from Rivals.
Petras is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds and played at Marin Catholic out of Kentfield, California. He threw for 3,036 yards and 33 touchdowns with eight interceptions in 2016 and rolled up 4,157 yards and 50 touchdowns with two interceptions this fall.
Shasta High coach J.C. Hunsaker led his team against Marin in the NorCal bowl game and was impressed with Petras.
"He can sling it a long ways," Hunsaker told the Redding Record Searchlight. "He's good in the pocket at eluding pressure."
Petras has been compared to Jared Goff, who played at the same high school.
He also fits the same frame as former OSU quarterback Sean Mannion. Petras actually spoke to both quarterbacks, who are now teammates on the Los Angeles Rams.
"I got a chance to speak to both of them over the phone to help with my decision," Petras told HERO Sports. "I've had a relationship with Jared for a while now, and Sean was kind enough to talk me through my decision and give me information on OSU."
Petras also has offers from California, Colorado State, Iowa, Fresno State, Nebraska, Louisville, San Diego State and Syracuse, among others.
Petras visited OSU on Sept. 30. He got some late interest from Iowa and made a trip to Iowa City on Dec. 10, but reportedly said he's sticking with the Beavers.
“Primarily, I loved Iowa City. It’s a great place. It was much bigger than I expected. It really surpassed my expectations,” Petras told Hawkeyenation.com. “Additionally, it was great to meet coach (Kirk) Ferentz and the rest of the staff in person. I had met coach (Ken) O’Keefe before. Also, meeting the players and feeling the atmosphere there was awesome.”
He will enroll at Oregon State early and participate in spring football.
Jake Dukart (6-3, 180) is a three-star QB out of Lake Oswego High. He played for former OSU wide receiver Steve Coury and was also recruited by Mike Riley and Danny Langsdorf while they were at Nebraska.
Dukart was going to play baseball at Arizona State but decided to go the football route.
He's reportedly a solid commit and is going to sign on Dec. 20.
The Beavers also have three wide receivers and two tight ends on the commitment list.
The receivers are Cameron Thomas, a 6-4, 210-pound three-star recruit out of Austin, Texas, two-star Anthony Spurlock from New Orleans and two-star Kase Rogers from Houston.
Isaiah Smalls is a 6-3, 225-pound tight end from Los Angeles and Keishon Dawkins is a 6-6, 240-pound prospect from West Linn.
The Beavers are in need of offensive line depth and they have one commit, three-star lineman Jake Levengood from Vacaville, California. At 6-4, 250, Levengood will need to put on some weight.
The Beavers also need to bolster the defensive line and currently have a commit from defensive tackle Isaac Hodgins, brother of OSU receiver Isaiah Hodgins. Isaac Hodgins has three stars and is 6-1, 285.
Bradley Bickler could fit in at defensive end with his 6-7, 240-pound frame. Bickler is from Beaverton and is a three-star recruit.
OSU most likely will fill out the defensive front needs with a few junior college recruits.
That includes defensive tackles Tristan Nichols (6-5, 285) and Kevin Scott (6-5, 315), both from Arizona Western, along with teammate Azur Kamara, a 6-6, 230-pound defensive end.
Linebacker Craig Francois of Los Angeles and safety Isaiah Tufaga from Honolulu are both three-star recruits. Tufaga tweeted that he will sign early with OSU.