It helps to have a pedigree in sports.  Keller Chryst, a five-star quarterback in the class of 2014, has verbally committed to Stanford. This will be a huge boost to the Cardinal program. The Palo Alto native was also considering Alabama, Southern California, and Pittsburgh as his other college football prospects.

Chryst is considered to be a pro-style quarterback and is ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com, and the No. 31 overall player in the Rivals 100. If Chryst's ranking and commitment do not change he will be the highest-ranked quarterback the Cardinal have signed since the program inked Los Gatos' Trent Edwards more than a decade ago.

Why is Chryst so highly advertised? It probably helps to have a father who is an NFL coach and an uncle who is a major-college football coach. Geep Chryst, his father, is the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers, and Paul Chryst, his uncle, is the head football coach at Pitt. Suffice it to say that Chryst has a background that supports success at his position.

Whether or not this pedigree translates into college football success remains to be seen. In the end Stanford got the quarterback they wanted. Chryst is Stanford’s only 2014 quarterback on scholarship. The pressure is for Chryst to see if Stanford’s investment in him in the future will payoff.

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