Five-star quarterback Keller Chryst has all the potential to be a great quarterback at the college level, and he's undoubtedly one of the elite recruits in the 2014 class.
Chryst hails from Palo Alto, Calif., and he's ranked as the No. 1 overall pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's also the No. 2 player from California and the No. 21 overall recruit in the nation (247Sports Composite).
Stanford and USC are on top of his 247Sports interest list, and he also has an offer from Pittsburgh.
Here's my complete scouting report for Chryst:
- Name: Keller Chryst
- Hometown: Palo Alto, California
- School: Palo Alto High School
- Position: QB
- Height: 6'3" (247Sports)
- Weight: 215 lbs (247Sports)
- Rankings: 5-star (247Sports), 4-star (Rivals), 4-star (Scout.com), Watch List (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
There's literally not a throw on the field that Chryst won't be able to make.
He really is a fun quarterback to watch at the high school level because he makes it look easy. It won't be as easy at the college level, but Chryst has the intangibles and skill set to be a star.
The thing that stands out to me is his poise in the pocket.
He has elite footwork, always has his eyes downfield and has a great sense for pressure. He steps up into the pocket on his throws and can get some great zip behind the balls that need to be on a line in the slots or to the sidelines.
That said, he can also heave it downfield with tremendous touch and accuracy, so he really is the complete quarterback from a throwing standpoint.
He's big and tall enough to stand strong in the pocket, and he can see over the line of scrimmage. He's not really a running threat, but he can bootleg out and throw on the run—still maintaining his accuracy, mind you.
Chryst really has an effortless throwing motion and a beautiful deep ball, but he can make the precise passes as well.
In the next few pictures you get a good look at his deep ball and, specifically, his fundamentals.
As is the case for just about every snap I watched of his, he'll start off under center. In this play he's taking a five-step drop with the intended receiver running a seam route:
When he gets to the last step of his drop, you can see that Chryst plants hard off his back foot, which allows him to step into the throw and transfer his weight.
If there was a better rush, this would also help him move up in the pocket. You can see the weight transfer in the next two pictures:
He then transfers the weight to his front foot and squares up his shoulders to the throw.
Notice how his arm is cocked at just about a 90-degree angle, and in the second picture you can see that he releases the ball at its highest point and with good forward momentum:
Chryst leads his receiver and floats the ball over two defenders, dropping it on a dime about 40 yards downfield and into the end zone for a touchdown:
This is the type of accuracy, power and fundamental ability that Chryst displays as a quarterback recruit.
The only negative that I can think of is that I didn't see Chryst take a snap from the shotgun. That doesn't mean that he can't take a shotgun snap, and he may not even have to depending on the system of his college program.
I wouldn't even consider it a negative but more of a scouting point worth noting. Like I said, I'm sure he can be more than effective from the shotgun, and he may not even need to be.
I just haven't seen him take snaps from five yards back yet.
I believe Chryst has what it takes to be the next great quarterback at the college level.
He has the size, skill and natural poise that leads me to believe that he can lead a major college football program to some big wins.
He's fundamentally sound, he's a great passer, and he should only get better with more experience.
With Stanford and USC being the two teams on top of his interest list, the easy prediction here would be that Chryst ends up at Stanford.
He'll fit the Cardinal offensive system, he'll have more opportunities in regards to the depth chart, and Palo Alto is literally just a few minutes away.
That said, it is worth noting that Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst is Keller's uncle, so that could be an interesting connection.
There's still plenty of time for things to shake up, especially if he gets a few more big offers, but my prediction is that Chryst will end up with the Cardinal.