Petras, Nixon lead Iowa recruiting class

IOWA CITY — Iowa signed 15 players to letters of intent on Wednesday, a class headlined by four-star quarterback Spencer Petras and junior college defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon.

The 6-foot-5 Petras, of Greenbrae, Calif., broke school records for yards and touchdowns previously held by current Los Angeles Rams starter Jared Goff. Nixon turned down Alabama to sign with Iowa after a season at Iowa Western.

The Hawkeyes also brought in four-star defensive end John Waggoner from Dowling Catholic and linebacker Dillon Doyle, the son of Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle.

The Hawkeyes (7-5) close out 2017 against Boston College (7-5) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium.

Mitchell, Shaw headline signing day for Cyclones

AMES — Iowa State signed 18 players to letters of intent Wednesday, including quarterback Re-al Mitchell and wide receiver Sean Shaw Jr.

Mitchell threw for nearly 3,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 in 2016 and was considered one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks out of Bellflower, Calif. Shaw caught 40 touchdowns in his prep career in Jones, Oklahoma.

The Cyclones dipped into the junior college ranks for safety Greg Eisworth and punter Cory Dunn.

Iowa State signed a trio of Iowans as well, led by Creston lineman Trevor Downing.

The Cyclones (7-5) wrap up 2017 by facing Memphis in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30.