Kris Catlin: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Madison High School head coach Jim Streety about Kris Catlin, a 6-2, 210-pound linebacker from San Antonio, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Jim Streety: His athleticism and fire. He's a big guy that can run. Those are the things that would jump out at me.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Jim Streety: I think probably just the fact that he's going to have to step up to another level. His technique is going to have to be better because like most good high school players he probably gets by from time to time just on his athleticism. All of those guys that are good in high school have to play better technique and do more things right at the next level.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Jim Streety: I think one of the things I was most impressed with was his junior year we were playing a pretty good team and he picked up a fumble and ran about 70 yards for a touchdown. It wasn't like he was out ahead of everyone … he was even with everyone when he picked the fumble up and he was able to out-run everybody. That game made me realize how good he could be.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Jim Streety: Dependable, very hard worker, and natural ability.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Jim Streety: He had quite a few offers. I just think when he visited up there he felt real comfortable. His family have been very much involved in this process and I think they were obviously very impressed with the facilities there. I think that Coach (Glenn) Spencer did a great job of recruiting him.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Jim Streety: I would certainly hope that he's going to be a guy that's going to play there. Honestly, I'm a guy that believes in redshirts. I don't know what their plans for him will be but I would think he would be that much better if he can redshirt (his first year).

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Jim Streety: I expect him to be a starter and an impact player. I just think he's got great potential because he can run.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Jim Streety: He was a three-year starter for us and our leading tackler three years in a row. He got hurt right at the end of the season and did not play in our last game, (but prior to that) he started 36 straight games. I don't ever remember us having anyone start more than that.

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