Kolar Competes At Elite 11, But Misses Finals

ARLINGTON, Texas - John Kolar is competitive and that's why he takes pride in the performance he had last season in leading the Norman North Timberwolves into the playoffs following a mid-season injury to current Alabama freshman quarterback David Cornwell. That same pride had the Oklahoma State commitment at AT&T Stadium on Sunday morning to compete with some 70 other quarterbacks.

"A lot of guys come here looking for the attention and trying to get offers," Kolar said. "I'm here to compete and try to get the invite (to the Elite 11 finals at Nike's The Opening). I was here for the competition because I've got my (scholarship)."

During the multiple drills and the throwing of multiple routes on the same field the Dallas Cowboys play on -- and that Oklahoma State finished its 2013 season on in the Cotton Bowl and that they will open the 2014 season against defending national champion Florida State -- Kolar threw the ball well.

His 6-4 and 190-pound frame was one of the most impressive there. He threw the ball with zip and was mostly accurate, but missed getting into the pressure cooker at the end. Elite 11 head coach and NFL Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer was seen speaking with Kolar at the start of the drills and said he had his eyes on him all day.

"His tape is better than his field performance today," Dilfer said. "His tape is really good and shows he has a lot of energy in his body. I think what happens in some kids is they haven't been in that environment a lot and they tighten up. I think that's what happened to John today.

"He's a very talented kid and obviously the tape shows that. He didn't have his best day, but we talked to him and we want guys that will fight and keep climbing and take the coaching and I think he will do that."

Kolar had no complaints and felt he could have done better.

"I had a really good experience but I just didn't have my best day today," Kolar said as he was walking off the field in the football palace. "I had a couple of off throws and my footwork was really off, but I enjoyed the experience for sure. I had a couple of bad throws and I'm hard on myself and that is the way that I am."

Scout's regional recruiting chief Greg Powers liked what he saw of Kolar, and national head of Scout recruiting Scott Kennedy, a long-time analyst of quarterbacks, also was impressed in seeing Kolar in person for the first time.

"He looks like the tallest quarterback out here," Kennedy said after watching Kolar throw multiple routes in the red zone from both a boot action and out of the shotgun. "He has size 16 shoes and he's still growing into those feet. He is still athletic and moves well. He has an easy smooth release, which means he doesn't have to try hard to get velocity on his throws. That will help n the future with his accuracy. He has a good arm and is fluid. He could be something really special in the future."

Kolar thought he got really good instruction and feels good because he's already got his college path set. Now it's time to start spring football and point toward his senior season with the Timberwolves before heading to Stillwater next January.

"It was some of the best instruction that I've had. (Coach Dilfer) put me in a different group (with the higher ranked quarterbacks)," Kolar explained before heading back to Norman with his mother and brother that came to watch. "We start spring practice tomorrow for the next four weeks and then it's on to summer pride (conditioning)."

We'll have more later this week on the other quarterbacks at Elite 11 from Oklahoma, including Lawton MacArthur standout Will Collins (who threw well and has a recent offer from Rice) and Tulsa East Central quarterback Tre'Von Cherry, who had a good day. There were also three juniors-to-be in Jenks pair Cooper Nunley and Scotty Gilkey and Keaton Torre of Edmond Santa Fe.

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