Starkel Says OSU Is The Place For Him

Nick Starkel did not make it to Stillwater to catch Oklahoma State's spring game. The 6-4, 185-pound quarterback from Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas had a date Saturday with the ACT, which he feels fairly good about. He felt even better about his date Saturday night for the prom. It's a no-brainer that prom is better than ACT testing! Starkel did say he got a report on the spring game.

"A couple of my friends were there including the eighth-grade quarterback from down here and he said it was a pretty good game," Starkel said.

For all of us that follow recruiting and have for years there is the understanding that getting the class quarterback is a primary goal for coaching staffs each season. It's kind of funny how when quarterbacks begin pledging it becomes an epidemic and they start falling in large numbers.

The last two weeks have been that way. Example, I believe that Starkel was Oklahoma State's top choice of one of the top two or three. He committed on Thursday night and then look what happened on Friday as Cole Kelly, a quarterback out of Louisiana who had visited Stillwater committed to Arkansas. It's a chain reaction in some cases.

Part of the urgency is that quarterback can help with bringing together some of the rest of the class. Starkel said Monday on my radio show on Triple Play Sports Radio that he is ready to go to work.

"Right now I'm not planning on going to any other college camps but the Oklahoma State camp when the coaches are there in Dallas and I will probably recruit some players there," Starkel said. "It will be good for me to see other players in DFW that have offers from Oklahoma State and talk to them in person and say, 'You might as well come and join me.' If they are good football players it is even better to become good friends with them."

The who, what, why and where is always important and Starkel, who was very impressive last season before an injury sidelined him, and was one of the top quarterbacks in two different Nike The Opening and Elite 11 Regionals in Arlington, Texas and New Orleans, La., this spring.

"I went up there for a visit and I had been up there before but it wasn't during classes," Starkel said of his decision and what led to his commitment to the Cowboys. "On the visit when I went back all the players were there and all the students were there and I could see how the campus felt with people on it. That was really what did it for me."

He added that current Oklahoma State center Brad Lundblade, who is a former standout at Liberty Christian, did some recruiting on him as well as the Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.

"He text me all the time, 'You going to commit yet,'" Starkel explained. "He was telling me what a great place it was and that the opportunities that are available once you get there and not just in football but in your academics too."

Starkel is a humble young man, but he was blessed with a seriously strong arm. As a coach might say, he can really spin it. I asked him what his other attributes are as a quarterback.

"I definitely think that I can read well and take care of the operations in the game," Starkel elaborated. "Being able to read defenses, see blitzes, know who is hot. I think I have quick feet and can move inside the pocket and know when to take that step to evade a rusher. Those are some of the strengths of my game."

Now, with two more commitments added on Saturday in four-star athlete and future receiver Tyrell Alexander of Lancaster, Texas and cornerback Rodarius Williams from Shreveport (Calvary Baptist), La., the Cowboys can work through the evaluations coming up and head into camp season in June riding some recruiting momentum and having the quarterback in the class to help.

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