The Stanford Cardinal only offered to one quarterback for the class of 2014: Palo Alto product Keller Chryst. Today, they learned they got their man, as Chryst committed to Stanford.
At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Chryst is the prototypical pocket passer. He’s highly ranked by all recruiting services and is actually ranked as the top quarterback in the country by ESPN. He chose Stanford from a list of four including the Cardinal, USC, Alabama and Pittsburgh.
The first thought I had when I watched Chryst play was that he reminded me of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Although he’s not blazing fast, he has excellent mobility within the pocket, keeps his eyes downfield and fights to keep the play alive. He has excellent arm strength and throws the ball with tremendous accuracy. In addition, he has outstanding touch when throwing the deep ball and has shown the ability to change the speed on throws that require it.
From a technical standpoint, he does everything like a polished veteran. He takes consistent, measured drops and is masterful in the play-action pass game. That should not come as a surprise. His father, Geep Chryst, is the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers and his uncle is the head coach for the Pittsburgh Panthers — you were probably wondering why they were in his final four. He’s grown up around the game, and it shows in his play.
One interesting note is that he plays in a high school offense similar to the one run by Stanford. While the spread offense has taken over the college game, the Cardinal still run a pro-style offense, operating under center a majority of the time. The same can be said for Chryst’s high school team, so the transition should not be difficult.
Overall, it seems like a perfect fit for both parties. Chryst can play in his hometown for a school that’s quickly developing a reputation of producing excellent quarterbacks. And Stanford gets a polished product that has already learned many of the intricacies of how to play under center.
Keller Chryst. Remember the name.
B.L. is a college football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed @coachlip on Twitter.