California's quarterback was the seventh LOI across the desk today at the Simpson Center. A gamer and a leader with superb pocket awareness, and exceptional accuracy, Chase Garbers was a Cal-Hi Sports First-Team All-State multi-purpose selection.
He threw for 3,895 yards, completing 68.6% of his passes (254-for-370), with 47 touchdowns to just five interceptions, and a 137.1 quarterback rating this season. Garbers ranked second in Orange County in passing yards, completions, touchdowns and completion percentage to four-star Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback J.T. Daniels, and averaged 278.6 yards per game through the air.
Though Garbers is a passer, first and foremost, he rushed 114 times for 582 yards and 11 touchdowns, giving him 4,477 all-purpose yards, ranking first in the county, averaging 313.4 yards of total offense per game. Garbers benefitted from having, at his disposal, 2018 receiver Tae Le -- the county's second-most prolific receiver -- who hauled in 78 passes for 1,311 yards for 10 touchdowns.
For his career, Garbers completed a combined 589-of-854 (69.0%) passes for 7,970 yards with 90 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a 129.1 quarterback rating, for teams that won one state championship and four Pacific Coast League crowns while compiling a 47-7 overall record and a perfect 20-0 conference mark
Overall, he compiled 9260 yards of total offense, adding 1,290 yards and 27 scores on the ground over 299 carries.
Garbers was already a good fit in former offensive coordinator Jake Spavital's offense, but he's an even better fit with Beau Baldwin. It will still feature spread concepts, but with a spice of pro-style, something very familiar to Garbers. He'll have to adjust to being under center, but there's enough shotgun that he can work his way in. Garbers has a strong arm -- not exceptional -- and can make tough throws.
“Chase is one of the best quarterback prospects in the nation and has been unwavering in his commitment to Cal," said head coach Justin Wilcox. "He put up tremendous numbers in high school including an incredible touchdown to interception ratio but even more importantly he won a lot of games and his teams won league championships each of his four seasons.”
Of particular note is the fact that NFL receiver, and Cal alum, Bryce Treggs, has worked out with Garbers in the past, and said, "[the] Kid can spin it." That endorsement is even more impressive considering that it was a comment on a workout in which both Garbers and No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff were involved.
"At first, when I came out there, the first thing I thought was, he had great zip on the ball," Treggs said. "After the first pass he threw me, I went up to him and asked, 'What college do you go to?' I thought he was already in college, based on how he was throwing the ball. I was like, 'This dude can sling it.'"
TREGGS'S TAKE: He's ready to take on the hits and what it takes to be good at the Pac-12 level. He has some nice size on him. Like I said, I thought he was in college. I'm not going to get too far ahead of myself and say he's going to start right away, but I can definitely see him competing for a starting job. There's no doubt that he's going to. He fits the ball into tight windows, and he's durable, which is huge at the Pac-12 level, because he's going to take some hits.
EXPERT ANALYSIS: [Garbers] as a good arm and is rather cerebral with the football, rarely making mistakes and reading defenses well before the snap. He has the ability to put touch on his throws while rolling out of the pocket, and he delivers a very catchable ball, especially near the goal line where windows get tighter. -- Blair Angulo, Scout West Coast Analyst
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