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Oklahoma State Football Recruit Nick Starkel

Who is Nick Starkel and why should you care how he does at a tournament against the top high school quarterbacks?

Elite 11 Semi Finals in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Tom Hauck.

For those who don't know, Nick Starkel is a three-star pro-style quarterback from Argyle, Texas, who committed to OSU in April. In Starkels first year as the full time starter at Liberty Christian School he passed for 1,609 yards, connecting on 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions, showing his good decision making and accuracy.

At the time of Oklahoma States offer, Starkel didn't yet have a Power Five conference offer, his offers were from teams like Old Dominion and Indiana State. The offer from OSU was everything Starkel wanted, so he took it and has since been helping out recruit other 2016 commits and make waves at Elite 11, the Super Bowl of recruiting.

How big are those waves he has been making? Big enough to make Bleacher Reports Michael Felder absolutely gush over him.

"My favorite of the quarterbacks here, Nick Starkel, I love Nick Starkel," Felder said. "I'm not ashamed to say it, if I could get a shirt with his face on it, I'd probably wear it all over the place."

Starkel also received high praise from Trent Dilfer.

"He just sees it. He understands timing and tempo and trajectory," Dilfer said. "He reminds me of (University of California quarterback) Jared Goff, a guy that had a unique trait: his deep ball was better than NFL guys' deep ball. He would throw a 40-yard ball down the sideline like it was a slant.

"Nick throws the seam like he's Drew Brees, or Aaron Rodgers."

Felder does admit what you're probably thinking after seeing a picture of Starkel, his size. At six feet, four inches, Starkel is about as tall as current Cowboy quarterback Mason Rudolph. But weighing in around 186 pounds could be a problem.

However, this is where I remind you of his age, Starkel will be a senior in high school this fall, and coach Rob Glass will make sure to get him into Division I football form before it's time to start.

Another thing about Starkel, he's only getting better and as noted before, people are taking notice. Since the OSU offer, he has been recruited by teams like Baylor and Texas A&M, receiving an offer form the Aggies. No need to worry, though, as Starkel originally told Scout.com.

"Them being my first offer was a huge thing," Starkel said. "They truly believed in me when no other schools had and coming off an injury also, they knew that I had enough film to prove myself. That was a big key for me."

Here's his junior year highlights: