Starkel Is A Top Texas Target

The way walk-on Brad Lundblade performed last season as a freshman it would not be a surprise to see the standout from Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas starting a lot of games at center the remainder of his Oklahoma State career. There is also a chance he could be joined by a former teammate from Liberty Christian as the Cowboys have their eyes on Warriors quarterback Nick Starkel.

Starkel is a 6-4, 183-pound quarterback who suffered a shoulder injury last season after completing 106-of-160 passes for 1,609 yards with 19 touchdowns passes and only 4 interceptions.

Starkel should be fine in the future. He is also being courted by a number of schools including Cincinnati and California. Starkel is considered one of the unsung quarterbacks in the 2016 class, but it would appear he is very high on the Cowboys Texas target list.

Watching Starkel on video, he shows athleticism despite a skinny frame. He has a goal of adding solid weight during this offseason leading toward his senior season.

I remember seeing him last spring at the Elite 11 Quarterback competition in Arlington at AT&T Stadium, and the first thing that got your attention was his arm. He can zing the ball a distance and he throws it with a nice velocity.

He has a big arm and he is able to make a wide variety of throws, ranging from the line drive out routes to the long looping deep balls. He also throws a nice accurate fade and knows when to add mustard to the shorter passes and when to just feather the ball into the target.

I was also impressed with his movement as he moves well within the pocket, but the best aspect of his play in that situation is his ability to keep his eyes down field looking for a target to spring open. That is also exhibited in his scrambles as he keeps his head up and eyes down field and delivers the ball as soon as a defender jumps up anticipating run. It reminds you of the actual scheme becoming popular with the zone read passes being used at the college level.


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