Starkel Watches Cowboys Practice On Monday

One of Oklahoma State's presumed top targets at quarterback, Nick Starkel of Argyle (Liberty Christian), Texas, was in Stillwater on Monday to watch practice. The 6-4, 190-pound quarterback has attended two different regional trials for Nike's The Opening and is high on the consideration list for the event this summer at Nike headquarters, visited with his father and his throwing coach.

Starkel spent time speaking with head coach Mike Gundy both in his office when he arrived and then later in the Sherman Smith Training Center during practice. There was also time to go to lunch at Karsten Creek with offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, and Starkel was also able to sit in on a quarterback position meeting and was there throughout the practice on Monday afternoon.

"It was good and I enjoyed it," Starkel said of his unofficial visit. "It was really important to see the practice setting because coaches have their recruiting side and then their coach's side at practice.

"What I saw is that the Oklahoma State coaches are just like they are at practice when they are recruiting. They are not showing you anything different. I've been here for a Junior Day and another visit but this was important because I had a chance to be around the players."

Starkel is also friends with center Brad Lundblade. Lundblade, also from Liberty Christian, is a walk-on who played some and started one game as a true freshman last season. He is currently running with the first offensive line this spring.

"It was good to see Brad at number one center," Starkel added.

Since The Opening Regional in Dallas where he performed really well and his second regional this past weekend in New Orleans, Starkel made a trip to the West Coast to check out a pair of schools.

"That trip went well," Starkel answered when asked about it. "I was able to check out two schools, San Diego State and UCLA. It's California, so it's beautiful out there. I was able to meet the coaches and they said they are coming to Argyle to watch spring football."

Starkel said he does not have any other visits planned and thought he would stay around Argyle and prepare for spring football. He also updated his time table on making a decision on a school and announcing his verbal commitment.

"It's more realistic that I will make a decision after spring and before summer," Starkel said. "That is when a lot of the dominoes are falling. My family and I have talked about it and that is more likely when you will see a commitment from me."

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