Chryst Knows the Game

The Palo Alto (Calif.) 2014 quarterback, Keller Chryst, has grown up as a coach's kid, and is ready for all that the recruiting process will bring him...

Palo Alto (Calif.) 2014 quarterback Keller Chryst has spent a lot of time around the game of football.

His father, Geep, is the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers and his uncle, Paul, is the head coach at Pitt.

So growing up around the game has helped Chryst make the most of opportunities he's been given as a quarterback.

That included inheriting the starting role for Palo Alto last fall as a sophomore, taking over the reins for the defending CIF State D-I Champions and replacing Christoph Bono, who led the Vikings to the state title in 2010.

Chryst, 6-3, 215, helped a young Viking squad win the De Anza League and led them to the CIF-CCS Open Division finals, where they lost to Bellarmine Prep, who'd go on to play in the D-I state title game.

During his sophomore season, Chryst threw for 2,165 yards and 28 touchdowns, getting more and more comfortable in the role as the season progressed.

"The year before, when my dad was with Carolina, I was a backup there as a freshman, but when I came to Palo Alto, I started full time," said Chryst. "It was a fun year and I'm really looking forward to next season."

Chryst was one of the top underclass prospects at the Elite 11 Regional Tryout in Oakland last month, and said he enjoyed the experience.

"It was fun at the Elite 11," said Chryst. "I didn't think about me being one of the younger guys, but just about getting better as a quarterback. It was cool talking to a lot of the guys that were the top quarterbacks and fun getting a chance to throw with them."

With two years left of high school, Chryst is still in the early stages of recruiting, but being the son of a coach, he's open to any opportunity, wherever it may be.

"I've lived in a lot of places, so I really could go anywhere to school and be ok with it," said Chryst. "My dad's family is from Big Ten country, I liked North Carolina a lot when I lived there and I also lived in San Diego so I like the West and then my uncle is now coaching at Pitt, so I'm really ok with anywhere."

In his backyard, though, is the school that produced the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Stanford.

"I like Stanford a lot," said Chryst. "I like their academics and I like their offense. It's really a good school."

Chryst plans to camp at Stanford this summer, as well as at a couple of other camps out West, but likely won't venture to many nationally just yet.

As for being the son of an assistant coach, one that often requires moving, Chryst said he's pretty set at finishing out his prep career at Palo Alto.

"Even if my dad got a head coaching job somewhere or left for another job, I could always find a place to live or have my family stay so I could finish out at Palo Alto," said Chryst. "Palo Alto is home now."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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