Stanford Football: Highly-touted QB Chryst commits to Cardinal

Stanford lands 5-star QB Keller Chryst

6/29/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Stanford has been an alluring landing spot for top-level quarterbacks over the years: Jim Plunkett, John Elway and Andrew Luck all made the Cardinal their choice of mascot before heading to the NFL.Blog Photo - Stanford Football: Highly-touted QB Chryst commits to Cardinal

Palo Alto High School (CA) quarterback Keller Chryst is looking to be the next big name on that list.

ESPN's Blair Angulo tweeted Friday night that Chryst made his decision, choosing Stanford over other powerhouse programs such as USC, Alabama and Georgia.

"I just felt like it was the best decision for me overall," Chryst told ESPN. "Every school had their own strong points, and I just felt like I fit in best at Stanford."

A consensus 5-star prospect, Chryst is widely regarded as the No. 1 overall pocket passer in the nation, while 247Sports lists him as the No. 23 recruit in the "Top247" rankings. As a junior, he compiled 2,489 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and added another four scores on the ground.

Chryst is your typical pro-style passer with a strong delivery and elite accuracy. He owns a cannon of an arm, but has a lot of room to develop more strength and can continue working on his already-quick release. His downfield vision and capability to shred both man and zone defenses with his tight window throws makes him hard to game plan against.
On his highlight tape, it is easy to say that Chryst makes everyone around him better. Despite difficulty getting open, Chryst finds his receivers and always seems to get them the ball in tough situations. He makes his offensive line look great by getting rid of the ball so swiftly, and his ability to stretch the field keeps the backfield balanced.

Chryst has some hop to his step, but won't be able to rely on his legs at the next level. He seems to be used to extending plays by scrambling once the pocket collapses, attempting to create some outside throwing lanes.

However, he doesn't look comfortable throwing the ball on the run and his accuracy takes a big hit when he has to do so. Besides, his awkward style of aggressive running-and-throwing will undoubtedly get him hurt against collegiate defenses, so this is a habit he will have to break.
All in all, Stanford is getting yet another blue-chip prospect at the quarterback position that had his choice of basically any college he wanted. Chryst will contend for a starting position on arrival and has the potential to carry a dynamic Cardinal offense.

Chryst's father, Geep, is the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers, and his uncle, Paul, is the head coach for the Pittsburgh Panthers.

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