Keller Chryst is widely considered the top quarterback of the 2014 recruiting class and one of the most sought-after prospects in the country.
At least he was. Now, he's the latest player to sign with Stanford, according to reporter David Lombardi:
At 6'3" and 215 pounds, Chryst has the right build for the position, He finished the 2012 season with 2,489 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns and four rushing scores for Palo Alto High.
Oh, and in case you were wondering what sort of athlete he is, he also plays for Palo Alto's varsity basketball team.
According to 247 Sports, Chryst is a 5-star player and the site's 23rd-ranked prospect. ESPN Insider (subscription required) provided the following scouting report on the Cardinal's latest prized recruit:
Chryst is the son of a coach and it shows with his polish and poise as a pocket passer. Chryst will arguably be one of the more fundamentally sound quarterbacks in this class. He also has a quick release with very good arm strength and the velocity to stretch the field at the next level.
His father is Geep Chryst, currently the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers, so he'll hit college with a different grasp on the position than most players his age. And he just so happens to be named after a legend of the game, as well. From David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune:
Keller Chryst was born in Lake Forest Hospital. When it came time to name their first son, the Chrysts liked the idea of honoring a man who had meant so much to their family: Michael Keller Ditka.
"We just thought 'Keller Chryst' had a nice sound, and fortunately for him, he's continuing the name playing football,'' Chryst said. "Mike is phenomenal, a Chicago treasure and very special to me. He engenders loyalty.''
Geep Chryst got his first coaching gig at the NFL level in 1991 with the Chicago Bears on Ditka's staff. So yes, football is in Keller Chryst's blood. He grew up around the game, he has the right frame to play the position, is very poised and mature for a man his age, and should make a major impact fairly quickly on the college game.
And perhaps someday, he'll eventually join his father in the NFL, as well.