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Scouting Cal QB commit JT Shrout

(California Golden Blogs)
The addition of a talented up-and-coming quarterback is always exciting, especially when he hails from in-state. With his commitment to Cal coming in June, three-star recruit JT Shrout out of Newhall (CA) Hart looks to compete for the 2018 starting job with South Carolina transfer Brandon McIlwain. Shrout is a talent that has already gained some attention from NFL scouts and could be a key piece of the puzzle in the Bears’ offensive reconstruction. To understand his potential contributions in Berkeley, let’s take a look at JT’s profile.

Player Bio

High School: Hart (Newhall, CA)
Height/Weight: 6’3” / 190
Hand Size: It doesn’t really matter...right, Jared?
What is it about that Southern California sunshine that creates such a deep pool of talented high school quarterbacks? In his junior season at Hart, JT played backup to an excellent Eastern Washington (and Beau Baldwin) recruit Nick Moore, brother of Dolphins QB Matt Moore. Yet that feels like almost an injustice to Shrout, whose abilities would place him in the starting position at most other schools.
Even with such talent, a lack of starts often raises concerns regarding a young quarterback’s leadership abilities. However, JT’s opportunity to captain his squad in his senior year will better prepare him for the role of D-1 QB.
The next possible issue to address is Shrout’s size. Standing tall at 6’3”, JT should be able to avoid the pesky hands of defensive linemen looking for a blocked pass. But weighing in at 190, Shrout will definitely need to put on some weight if he wants to survive the punishing Pac-12 pocket. As an interesting tidbit of information, Jared Goff was listed as 6’4”, 190 during his senior year at Marin Catholic.
Although it seems Wilcox and company may have taken a chance offering a scholarship to an undersized *backup quarterback, it is clear that JT Shrout is a sleeping giant.
*Though technically not the starter in his 2016 junior season, his strong performances and offseason improvements warrant an asterisk beside the label “backup”
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