Profile: J.T. Shrout
Location: Newhall (Calif.) Hart
Weight: 190 pounds
Recruiting: Shrout was a late bloomer whose recruitment took off this winter. He didn't start a game for Hart last year but had several impressive workouts and 7v7 performances and his talent was obvious. Scholarship offers started to roll in and Cal became his first Pac-12 offer when they offered May 31st. Shrout visited the Bears over the weekend and the trip couldn't have gone any better. He connected well with new Cal QB coach Marques Tuiasosopo, liked the offense as well as the Bears combination of academics and athletics. Oregon was making a late run as well but Cal had too many pluses here and was able to land the talented signal caller.
What to Like: Shrout has a great frame with plenty of room to pack on an additional 20 pounds or so. His mechanics are about as good as you'll see at the H.S level as he combines a tight, effortless release, always looks on balance and is comfortable rolling out and throwing to his right or left. He has very good feet and is able to set himself and get the ball out quickly, shows great touch on the deep ball and has the arm strength to throw the deeper outs on a line. He's a pure pocket guy but shows the mobility to escape pressure and make a play with his arm or his legs as well.
Areas to improve: Experience is really the biggest thing Shrout needs. There is no substitute for game experience and Shrout needs that to show he can play with live bullets coming at him. Shining on the 7v7 stage is one thing but we're anxious to see Shrout perform with the pads on with chaos all around and 2.5 seconds to make a quick, smart decision. We're confident Shrout has the makeup and skill set to handle it and should make a big jump in his game as the season progresses.
Overall Analysis: It's always a risk offering a quarterback with little game experience but we think Shrout is worth it. He's hungry, shows a great work ethic off the field and has all the physical tools you want to see in a next level quarterback. He has that gym rat mentality that we know Coach Tui is big on, he's a coachable kid and has plenty of upside to be a very successful quarterback at the next level.