Oklahoma State 2016 quarterback commitment Nick Starkel drew plenty of attention last weekend as he celebrated a homecoming win on the field against Plano John Paul II with a 500-yard plus passing performance. The strong-armed 6-5, 190-pound Elite 11 quarterback finalist completed 26 of 36 passes for 503 yards and five touchdowns.
So how does it feel to throw for over 500 yards?
"It was crazy to be throwing for that many yards," Starkel said. "In the first half we did okay but then in the second half we took off and just kept throwing the football. It was easy especially when you throw it to somebody like Justus Lee and then he can take a short pass and go 80 yards to the house."
Actually, Starkel's five touchdown passes covered 74, 62, 17, 87, and 38 yards. Liberty Christian won the game 50-8 and moved their TAPPS record to 4-3 and now they will open the playoffs against Fort Worth Nolan Catholic this Saturday. LCA shut out Nolan Catholic earlier in the season.
"They are improved and we will need to play well," Starkel said. "I have to admit that Bishop Dunne and Prestonwood would be the favorites, but we can play well enough to compete with those guys."
Starkel said he missed the Cowboys huge win over TCU last Saturday as the win last week by Liberty Christian was a homecoming win so he had fun with that event. As a result not only did he miss the OSU win but also an important scholarship offer to another 2016 recruit.
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy offered Southlake Carroll 6-3, 200-pound receiver Zach Farrar.
"Zach is a good friend of mine and we've been working that for some time," he said of the scholarship offer. "I was definitely hoping that would happen but not only do I miss the game but I also miss Zach's offer. He is a really good receiver."
Farrar on the season has 38 receptions for 760 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is a legit 6-3 and has excellent speed. It will be interesting to see if Starkel can push his friend all the way past the recruiting finish line to a commitment.