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Sports - August 31, 2012

Paly's Chryst gets offer from USC; Gunn's Robinson is out of U-17 World Cup

by Keith Peters

Palo Alto junior quarterback Keller Chryst won't make his 2012 debut until next week, but the college football world already is taking note — with the first of likely many offers already in.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Chryst, already regarded as one of the top propects in the West in the Class of 2014, has received his first college offer — from a Pacific-12 Conference school.

Chryst attended USC's Rising Stars Camp at the end of June and he received an offer, said his father, Geep.

According to Brandon Hoffman of, Keller Chryst was the top underclass quarterback at the Oakland Elite 11 in May and, following USC's Rising Stars Camp, he toured the campus and met with the coaches and received a verbal offer.

"The staff could not have been more impressive," his father told Hoffman.

Chryst is the first quarterback that USC has offered in the Class of 2014, and he's coming off a 2011 sophomore season where he threw for 2,165 yards (112 of 223) and 28 touchdowns with 11 interceptions while helping Palo Alto compile a 10-3 record (6-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division).

Chryst, however, was held to just 118 yards and one TD in a 41-13 season-ending loss to Bellarmine in the Central Coast Section Open Division championship game. His best outing was 252 yards on 10-of-13 passing in a 46-14 win over Mountain View.

The junior has been in Northern California only since last year. His father, Geep, is the quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers and moved his family to the Bay Area from North Carolina to take the job with the Niners. Keller's uncle, Paul, is the new head coach at Pittsburgh.

Keller will make his season debut on Sept. 7 when the Vikings travel to San Benito. Chryst opened against the Haybalers last season, completing eight of 23 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

At the Elite 11 camp, Chryst was ranked the No. 1 underclassman after displaying a monster arm. He's also ranked No. 14 for his class in the country by

Time to run again

Gunn High junior Sarah Robinson won't have to pack her bags and miss school next month when the U.S. U-17 Women's National Team heads off to the 2012 U-17 Women's World Cup, which begins September 22 in Azerbaijan.

Robinson, a starting center midfielder, will miss the tournament due to a medical issue.

"Sarah won't be there, and that is unfortunate, but we want to wish her the best and hope she is healthy soon," U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya, who is also her club coach, told J.R. Eskilson of ESNN. "It is a big loss for us because she covers a lot of ground and the girls enjoy having her on the field because she does more running than anyone out there."

Robinson, who has been a standout cross-country runner for Gunn, started four of the five games at the 2011 CONCACAF Women's U17 Championship. She played 248 of the 270 minutes from the three pool play matches.

Despite her medical situation, Robinson is planning on running for the Titans this fall. She is the defending SCVAL El Camino Divisiion and Central Coast Section Division I champion and finished third in the CIF State Meet.


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