It was thought that would happen when he visited on June 24. But, just as Cal offensive coordinator Jake Spavital couldn't wait to offer, Garbers couldn't wait to pull the trigger, committing on Tuesday, becoming the Bears' 2017 quarterback commit. Cal is not expected to take more than one.
Garbers was offered in April after Spavital saw what he needed to see from a spring workout, confirming what he had already suspected about Garbers, based on tape and chatter.
During the Elite 11 Finals earlier this month, that chatter became very hard to ignore, as Garbers was, according to the event coaches, the 13th man out of the 12-man final group. Trent Dilfer, in particular, raved about Garbers’ ability to Spavital, a source told BearTerritory.
Garbers has worked out with both Chase Forrest and Jared Goff, as well as Carson Wentz, and has a good friend who’s already committed for the 2017 class in receiver Taariq Johnson, of Buena Park, who just visited campus again this weekend.
Garbers has a long, lean, athletic frame at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, and has a smooth, quick and easy release. He’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks out west, and, top-to-bottom, probably one of the most fundamentally sound passers in the region.
Beyond that, he’s got an extra dimension in that he’s quite mobile. While I wouldn’t qualify him as a true dual-threat guy, per se, he did rush 105 times for 457 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He’s still more of a pass-first quarterback, who has the ability to buy time in the pocket, and still run for positive yards on broken plays. He keeps his eyes and shoulders down field when on the run, and shows poise under pressure.
Last season, Garbers completed 226 of 329 passes for 2,715 yards and 33 touchdowns with three interceptions.
Garbers becomes the eighth member of the 2017 recruiting class, shortly after the Bears added the seventh, in junior college linebacker Da'Quan Patton.
Garbers had offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Boston College, Colorado State, Washington, Washington State, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Purdue.