April 13, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw signals during the Cardinal

What Keller Chryst’s Commitment Means for the Stanford Cardinal

Stanford’s football program has skyrocketed in terms of its success over the past few seasons, and the team’s recruiting is no exception to this trend. The Cardinal have been bringing in top-tier talent from all over the country as highly touted athletes flock to Palo Alto.

The recruiting success continued last week when 5-star quarterback Keller Chryst committed to Stanford for the 2014 class.

While the Cardinal are pretty comfortable at quarterback given the emergence of Kevin Hogan as a star last season, Keller’s commitment is great news for the program. A school like Stanford may rely heavily on its academic prestige for recruiting, but its recent upswing in success on the field has been accompanied by an increase in incoming talent.

Chryst is a perfect reflection of this pattern. Though he is a local prospect from Palo Alto, he was receiving offers from schools all over the country. At 6’4”, 230 pound, he possesses ideal size and a frame quite similar to former Stanford great Andrew Luck.

He also has all of the tools necessary to succeed at the FBS level. His pocket presence is outstanding, and he has both the arm strength and accuracy to shred Pac-12 defenses for years to come.

The Cardinal already have a handful of commitments for the 2014 class, as Chryst was the seventh to give his verbal. Among the other six are more extremely highly touted recruits, including Christian McCaffrey, the son of former NFL wideout Ed McCaffrey, and 4-star defensive back Brandon Simmons.

Chryst will also provide some extremely valuable depth behind Hogan. Though the incumbent starter is solid, he is not immune to injury, and with Josh Nunes retiring from football, Chryst has a good shot to become No. 2 on the depth chart upon his arrival.

While Chryst may not have an immediate impact on the field in 2014, his talent is valuable both on the field and on the recruiting trail. His commitment perfectly reflects Stanford’s recent increase in its ability to bring in elite talent.

Remember the name Keller Chryst. There is a good chance that he’ll be a star in Palo Alto before his time there is done.

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