CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Garrett Shrader is one of the in-state quarterbacks North Carolina is tracking for the 2019 class. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder from Charlotte Christian School has already collected offers from East Carolina and Louisville.
"He's super athletic," Christian head coach Jason Estep said. "He's very poised. He's able to digested a lot, academically and in the room from a board standpoint [and] from a playbook standpoint. You can throw a lot at him and it comes very natural just for him to see things happen on the field.
"I know that we have to classify guys either as a pocket passer or a dual threat This might sound a little crazy, but I think he has the ability to play in either system. His body size says, 'Hey, I'm going to be a big pocket passer.' But when you look at his testing results when he goes to all these camps, he's a low 4.5 runner [in the 40-yard dash]; [and] his shuttle times are off the charts -- he's super explosive just as an athlete."
Shrader transferred into Christian just in time for the 2015 season. He earned the starting quarterback spot on the varsity squad as a freshman, but an injury delayed his debut until five games in. He went on to start the final six contests.
This past season, Shrader went 10-2 as a starter. He completed 65-percent of his passes for 2,564 yards with a 29-4 TD-Int ratio. He also rushed for 615 yards and five touchdowns.
"I watched him really grow as a sophomore and really grow in all of his areas, which has been really cool," Estep said.
A month ago, East Carolina and Louisville became the first schools to offer Shrader. Estep believes those are the first of many.
"Just about everybody [has inquired]," Estep said. "We're talking west coast schools to Midwest schools to Big Tens; the ACC, obviously; South Carolina has been here."
North Carolina is among the schools to have expressed a strong interest in Shrader. The Heels sent area recruiter Gunter Brewer and quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf to Christian to check in on Shrader during the Winter Evaluation Period.
"They're very interested," Estep said of UNC. "It just comes down to: is he going to be a system fit."
Last summer, Shrader attended UNC's "Carolina Elite Quarterback Academy" camp. He returned in the fall for its win over Georgia Tech and then again in January for the Tar Heels' first junior day.
"All the experiences were fun," Shrader said. "I got to see them play Georgia Tech; [UNC] loaded up on them -- they killed them. I was going to go back to the Citadel game, but something came up."
Additionally, Shrader visited Clemson (vs. Louisville) and South Carolina (vs. East Carolina) for games.
At this early stage of his recruitment, Shrader lacks any favorite schools.
Shrader is originally from Dallas. His father's job brought the family to Texas and it brought them back to Charlotte just before Shrader entered high school... Shrader's mother is a UNC alumna and is a big Tar Heel basketball fan. His father graduated from the Citadel... Shrader has a few other connections to UNC: his maternal grandfather graduated from the school, and he has worked out with Christian alumni Des Lawrence and Jonathan Trull, who both played for the Heels the past few seasons... Shrader also plays basketball game Christian.