The Tennessee quarterback room got a little deeper on Thursday night. After missing out on East Carolina graduate transfer QB Gardner Minshew, who committed to Alabama earlier this week, Jeremy Pruitt was able to land Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst a week after his official visit, according to Knoxville’s Fox Sports affiliate.
According to @FOXSportsKnox Tennessee lands Stanford QB grad transfer Keller Chryst. This is the depth the #Vols needed & he will battle for the starting position. I was told his visit went extremely well & Ty Helton was very excited to have him on campus.— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_SEC) March 2, 2018
Chryst spent three seasons in Palo Alto, amassing 1,901 yards and six touchdowns through the air compared to 6 interceptions in 13 starts during his career with the Cardinal.
A four-star prospect out of Palo Alto High School in the 2014 class, Chryst was rated as the no. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country, and 51st nationally according to 247 Sports.
With the addition of Chryst, Pruitt now has three quarterbacks who saw action in 2017 to work with, with the return of sophomores Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride.
While Chryst’s track record may not be stellar, adding a quarterback with 23 games under his belt in a Power 5 conference certainly doesn’t hurt, especially one who is built for a pro-style system.
Due to his status as a graduate transfer, Chryst will be able to play immediately, so expect the quarterback battle to be one of the bigger headlines heading into spring camp, which kicks off in just a few weeks.