Starkel's Commit Gives OSU A Quarterback

With just two scholarship quarterbacks likely in the program after this season and the graduation of standout J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State may sign two quarterbacks in the 2016 class. Obviously, the first one is special and it really isn't a surprise as we've been hinting all along that Nick Starkel of Argyle (Liberty Christian), Texas has been high on the Cowboys list and they were on his as well.

Starkel made his decision Thursday evening and it became public around 9:30 p.m.

"No, nothing special about this day. I just made up my mind and didn't think I should waste any time," Starkel told Go Pokes over the phone.

"It's a good school and a good opportunity for me there. My high school coaches and I talked about it and it was special that they were the first ones to offer me. The coaches (OSU) told me they didn't care how many stars I had or how many or which schools offered me, they wanted me."

Starkel is good friends with OSU center Brad Lundblade. There is no doubt that the walk-on sensation that is now pulling down the first team job as the middle of the offensive line also showed he's a good recruiter as a player.

The 6-4, 183-pound Starkel was outstanding at the Nike Opening Regional at Arlington Lamar in Texas. He was up against a lot of quarterback candidates and was in the first group all day. You could tell from the interaction throughout the day that Elie 11 and Nike coach Trent Dilfer really liked what he saw in Starkel in all the drills and in the final "pressure cooker" that Dilfer and the staff set up. Starkel was 5-for-6 with one scramble in the pressure cooker.

In 2014 he missed the last part of the season with an injury but is back to 100 percent and it was not an injury to his throwing arm. Before his injury he completed 106-of-160 passes for 1,609-yards with 19 touchdown passes and only 4 interceptions.

He really has a strong arm, is accurate, and has a quick release.

"Yes sir, definitely, I'm a pocker passer and not a dual-threat quarterback," Starkel said. "One of the things that the OSU coaches said was they like my arm strength and the way I release and deliver the ball. That's a real high compliment coming from a great coach like Coach Gundy and a great coach like Coach Yurcich."

Starkel said he will not be able to make the Oklahoma State Orange-White Game on Saturday. He has already been to Stillwater this spring and this Saturday he is taking the ACT in the morning and has prom that evening.

When asked Starkel said he is still waiting to hear on whether he will have an at large invite to Nike's The Opening and Elite 11. He also competed in the regional in New Orleans.

Starkel is commitment number four for the Cowboys and the second on the offensive side of the ball going along with Tulsa Booker T. Washington running back Justice Hill.


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