When it comes to the nation’s elite-level prospects from the Class of 2016, Nick Starkel from Liberty Christian (TX) ranks right up there with best in the business on the prep circuit.
Accordingly, the Blue-Grey Football staff recently made a stop on the nationwide Jersey Presentation Tour in the Lone Star State to recognize the 6-foot-3 and 185-pound quarterback.
On deck is the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Dec. 20 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, where Starkel will be one of the country’s many marquee names for the West vs. East.
Following that game, and worth mentioning, the South vs. North takes place on Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium. Thereafter, all signs point to a fitting end being the Blue vs. Grey on Jan. 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ Everbank Field.
“Starkel is one of the country’s top players, I’m just happy that he’s on my team and I don’t have to game-plan for him,” said NFL veteran Mark McMillian, coach for the West.
Prior to the pledge to the Cowboys back in mid-April, Starkel had schools from all over interested in his potential services. Rightfully so, given the nature of his high-profile status.
Still, his desire to play in Stillwater at Oklahoma State never once wavered, that’s despite powerhouse programs such as Texas A&M, Notre Dame and USC attempting to win him over.
The added attention from colleges is something that simply comes along with territory nowadays for Starkel. Good thing is, he learned how to deal with the hype while remaining humble.
In terms of Starkel’s next step, the path appears to be clear and the talented recruit figures to provide a glimpse of his bright future during the upcoming Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.