Football

Hart’s JT Shrout, a Cal-commit, looks the part

Hart senior JT Shrout warming up his arm at practice (Tarek Fattal)
Hart senior JT Shrout warming up his arm at practice (Tarek Fattal)

You wouldn’t know it, but JT Shrout has never started a full varsity season under center. Yet, he’s committed to play PAC-12 football for the Cal Bears next fall.

Just weeks before the dawn of his senior year at Hart High, his turn has finally come – he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Indians.

“I’ve had my fair share of snaps. I had to wait my turn behind a great quarterback like Nick Moore,” Shrout said. “I’m ready.”

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Shrout passes the eyeball test with flying colors. He stands out in the huddle with his 6-foot-3 frame, and it’s obvious that he garners the attention needed to be a leader of his team.

The team won’t be in pads till late next week, but Shrout was impressive. Balls were thrown with accuracy, he showed off his strength with effortless tosses down the field, and had some moments on rollout situations that certainly told you he could extend a play.

Shrout’s biggest competition this year will be against Valencia on Oct. 6, the league-foe and rival in the Foothill League.

“I know they (Valencia) are the toughest team on our schedule, but I’m excited to compete against them,” he said.

The future Cal Bear will be looking to senior wide receivers Da ‘Von Jones and Michael Uribe to help him move the ball down the field.