Santa Clarita (Calif.) Hart quarterback recruit J.T. Shrout commits to Cal

Cal gets its quarterback commit in Santa Clarita (Calif.) Hart's J.T. Shrout, who follows in the footsteps of Kapp and Boller.

California got its quarterback on Monday morning in 2018 recruit J.T. Shrout, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder out of Santa Clarita (Calif.) Hart.

"I had a great visit and love the coaching staff," Shrout said. "I love Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) and the whole staff as well. I think the opportunities Cal presents on and off the field are incomparable. You can play great football and get a great education for 4-5 years and that's tough to match." When he arrives in Berkeley, Shrout would be the latest in a long line of Hart Indians to take snaps for the Bears, as he'll follow Kyle Boller and Joe Kapp, who went to Hart with Shrout's grandmother.

Last season, Shrout backed up Eastern Washington-bound Nick Moore, completing 6-of-8 passes for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns to 1 interception, rushing 8 times for 80 yards and one touchdown. He'll be the starter this year, but his offseason has seen his recruiting profile rise significantly, with offers from San Diego StateFresno StateColorado State, Hawaii, San Jose State and Ball State.

Early this spring, Cal quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo watched Shrout throw at Hart -- his second viewing, after observing Shrout at UCLA's camp a year ago -- and extended an offeruart. 

"He said the ball just came off my hand really well, and said I could sling it as good as the best guys in the country, in his opinion," Shrout said. "It was really humbling to hear that from such a touted guy like him, a guy who's played at the highest level."

Shrout is one of the most mechanically sound quarterbacks in the region, according to our West Coast analyst Greg Biggins.

"He has a near picture perfect release and delivery and the ball jumps out of his hand," Biggins said. "He has looked very good all spring on the 7v7 circuit showing both a live arm and the touch needed to make every throw in the playbook.  All he needs is game experience but all the physical tools are there. He is also a good athlete who shows plus mobility and can make throws rolling right or left and can take off and run for positive yards as well."

Shrout joins recent four-star receiver commit Nikko Remigio on the offensive side of the ball, becoming the fourth offensive player to pledge to the Bears. He has his left tackle in Jasper Friis and a tight end in McCallan Castles. The No. 9 quarterback in the state of California, Shrout is the No. 17 quarterback in the West, and No. 61 quarterback in the nation.

The Bears currently have nine commits, in a class that's expected to be as large as 28.