Oklahoma State picked up a Quarterback commitment for the 2016 recruiting class on Thursday in the form of Nick Starkel. The 6'3" 185-pound quarterback is from Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas. Playing in only seven games during his Junior season, Starkel had a 65% completion percentage, throwing for 1,609 yards and 19 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. Starkel chose the Cowboys over Indiana State, Old Dominion and Tulane; he was also receiving interest from many other top schools including Arizona State, Baylor, Notre Dame and Stanford.
With Mason Rudolph as the clear quarterback of the future and John Kolar as a top recruit in the 2015 class, Starkel will likely be a redshirt in his first season in Stillwater. Starkel is a pocket passer, but in his film he shows a strong pocket presence with the ability to escape pressure. Starkel appears to have excellent touch on his deep ball, as he consistently hits his receivers in stride. For such a young player he shows a good ability to progress through his reads, although this will need to continue to develop at the college level.
Starkel shows good arm strength and he comes from a high school offense that has him primarily in the Shotgun formation - this will obviously transition well to the Oklahoma State offense. At only 185 lbs, he will need to add some weight, but once he does, he will develop into an excellent sized quarterback. Overall, Starkel looks like a very promising prospect with excellent mechanics and the ability to become a very promising pro-style quarterback. It appears that with the addition of Starkel, along with Rudolph and Kolar, the future of the quarterback position at Oklahoma State is very promising.