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Growing QB Lineage Helps Stanford Gain On Oregon

by Henry McKenna
Jul 03, 2013 3:51 AM EDT



Stanford is the Quarterback University, the QBU. Keller Chryst made it official.

The Palo Alto, Calif., native committed to Stanford football last Friday. He is the No. 1-ranked pocket passer according to ESPN 300 and Rivals.com's No. 2 pro-style quarterback for the class of 2014.

David Shaw’s implementation of an NFL offense has prototypical passers flocking. Stanford’s latest stud, Kevin Hogan, succeeded Andrew Luck. Now there's someone waiting in line behind him in Chryst.

“Andrew [Luck]’s the best of the best right now in his league,” Chryst said, according to SB Nation. “I definitely look up to him and a bunch of the guys that are there [at Stanford] right now.”

It is too early to ordain Chryst the successor to Stanford’s royal line of quarterbacks before he sets a foot on the field, but it is easy to imagine that Chryst picked Stanford with that expectation of himself. Chryst wants to be the next household name.

This commitment is not just big for Stanford for the next four years, but for the next decade. If David Shaw stays around and develops Hogan and Chryst, Stanford could float to the top of the Pac-12. With USC struggling to regain their dominance, Stanford aims to continue to beat Oregon, its Pac-12 North rival. The Cardinal have the perfect opportunity to assert their power this upcoming year and Chryst puts them in the position to do so in years to come.

Can one quarterback be an indicator of a shift in the Pac-12? Yes. One that is this good can.