Originally, the Cowboys intended on taking two quarterbacks with having only three scholarship quarterbacks heading into this season and losing one after this season in senior J.W. Walsh. There is hope that Walsh, who has lost more than a season and a half to injuries, could apply and get an extra year of eligibility.
That aside, the latest word from the coaching and recruiting staff is they will hold with Starkel in this class as the only quarterback.
The Cowboys do have a bonus in walk-on redshirt freshman Taylor Cornelius out of Bushland, Texas. Cornelius follows in a strong tradition of walk-on quarterbacks as current Dallas Cowboys back-up Brandon Weeden was a walk on and Jake Hubenak, a walk-on from a couple of years ago left last summer and lit up the Southwest Junior College Football Conference at Blinn J.C., throwing for 4,052 yards and 47 touchdowns with just 9 interceptions as he completed 216 of 333 passes. He signed late with Texas A&M last week.
Cornelius is 6-6 and nearly 200 pounds now. He was a multi-sport star at Bushland even winning district and area as a high jumper in track. He was at least all-district in football, basketball, and baseball and was All-State in football and baseball. In football he threw for 3,815 yards and 46 touchdowns as a senior. Cornelius has shown signs of being more than capable as a quarterback at this level.
Starkel will be a very strong prospect to guide the Cowboys offense at some point in the future. We mentioned you may see plenty of him this summer. 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.
He came back and did just as well at the same event in New Orleans. There have been five of the at least 11 quarterbacks chosen so far for The Elite 11 and Nike Opening finals in Beaverton, Oregon in July. The rest will be named in the next few weeks and we think Starkel has an excellent chance of picking up one of those invitations.
Starkel is really looking forward to the upcoming season for Liberty Christian. 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 pocket 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 [Mike] Gundy and a great coach like Coach [Mike] Yurcich."
The young man has a strong personality with really good leadership skills and the physical ability is all there. He'll need the weight room and will work to get bigger and fill out his frame. In the meantime, Oklahoma State is solid at quarterback and can count on having a good future prospect committed to be on the way.