Former Stanford QB plans to join Vols as graduate transfer

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BY RYAN CALLAHAN, 247SPORTS

Former Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst confirmed to GoVols247 on Thursday night that he has committed to Tennessee.

The fifth-year senior quarterback from Palo Alto, Calif., chose the Vols after taking an official visit to Knoxville last weekend. He plans to enroll at Tennessee as a graduate transfer after graduating from Stanford in June and will be eligible to play during the 2018 season.

Chryst made his decision known Thursday night by simply tweeting, “Go Vols!” along with a graphic featuring an orange “Power T” logo and the words, “Home Sweet Home.”

The 6-foot-5, 234-pound Chryst, who started a combined 13 games at Stanford over the past two years, told GoVols247 on Sunday after his official visit to Tennessee that the Vols “have everything that I’m looking for in a program.”

Chryst said Sunday that he was strongly considering Tennessee because of “just the coaches’ history of winning and them bringing in all these guys from all over — (running backs) coach (ChrisWeinke, (offensive coordinator) Tyson Helton, all these other guys from all over that have a good background and football history.” Chryst said he liked “that they’re used to winning and running a pro-style offense in the SEC.”

He’s expected to compete with both of Tennessee’s current scholarship quarterbacks — Jarrett Guarantano, who will be a redshirt sophomore during the 2018 season, and rising sophomore Will McBride — along with incoming signee JT Shrout, a three-star prospect from Santa Clarita, Calif., to be the Vols’ starting quarterback this season.

“They’re just looking for a guy, someone who can go in there and win games for them,” Chryst said Sunday, “and that’s something I want to do, as well.”

But Chryst said Tennessee’s coaches haven’t made any promises about his opportunity to win the starting job.

“You always want to compete,” he said. “You never trust someone that promises you anything. You’re going in to compete for a job, essentially.”

Chryst completed 54.2 percent of his passes for 962 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions last season, when he made seven starts before being replaced as the Cardinal’s starter in November by KJ Costello, a rising sophomore.

During his Stanford career, Chryst completed 55.4 percent of his passes for 1,926 yards with 19 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He was a four-star prospect coming out of Palo Alto (Calif.) High School and was ranked the No. 51 overall prospect and No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite for the 2014 class.

Chryst comes from a football family. His father, Geep Chryst, is the tight ends coach for the NFL’s Denver Broncos. His uncle, Paul Chryst, is the head coach at Wisconsin.

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