Spencer Brasch is a 6’4”, 190 pound dual-threat quarterback from Higley High School in Gilbert, Arizona. He is rated as a consensus 3-star recruit.
Brasch was first offered by Cal in May of 2018. He received a total of 17 offers before taking an official visit to Cal on June 10th and omitting two days later. He then signed on Early Signing Day.
As one could likely infer from his dual-threat listing, Brasch is a fantastic athlete, at least on paper. A former track-and-field athlete, Brasch’s 4.77 40-yard dash, 4.69 20-yard shuttle, and 32.6” vertical leap are all excellent numbers for an incoming freshman quarterback.
Brasch also backed up his excellent athletic results with some pretty good statistics. As a two-year starter, Brasch completed 359/602 passes with 78 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also added 251 rushes for 1450 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground. His team combined for a 21-6 record over those two years, reaching the state semifinals twice and winning the league title once.
Now, we move onto the fun part.
Brasch certainly looks the part of a quarterback. He is long and skinny at the moment, but should have plenty of room to put on weight once he arrives at Cal.
Athletically, he reminds me a lot of Chase Garbers. He moves around the pocket very well and is plenty fast enough to pick up yards once he takes off. He keeps his eyes downfield when scrambling in hopes of creating options downfield, and displays solid touch when throwing on the run.
Brasch’s throwing ability impresses me as well. He has a very good arm with the ability and willingness to make throws downfield. He also seems to have pretty good touch, as he repeatedly threw high-arcing passes into tight windows for completions. Additionally, he looks very confident when in the red-zone, which is something Cal quarterbacks have certainly lacked in recent years.
There are a few areas of concern. Primarily, he seems to throw to his primary receiver the vast majority of the time. This can and will lead to some ill-advised throws and is likely the cause of his interceptions, though he did have a pretty good touchdown to interception ratio. He will need to demonstrate the ability to go through progressions at the next level.
It is also worth mentioning that he ran more of a vertical-style offense in high school and seemed pretty successful in doing so. He could really help add a vertical component to a Cal offense that severely lacked one last season.
Honestly, this guy reminds me a ton of Chase Garbers. While Garbers did not have the greatest redshirt freshman season last year, we also need to remember that he was only a freshman and still has plenty of room to improve. Brasch certainly has a similar skill-set and talent level to Garbers. The likely scenario is that he could redshirt his first year and then sit behind Garbers before competing for the starting job once Garbers graduates. That would allow for Cal to not have to adjust their offense much since the two are similar players.
Either way, Brasch is not perfect, but is a solid developmental quarterback and another great member of our incoming recruiting class.