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Are We Forgetting About John Kolar?



All the talk about Mason Rudolph’s Heisman odds and Nick Starkel’s rise to Elite 11 stardom has left one person in the shadows: John Kolar.

Kolar was one of the prized recruits in the 2014 class who, like Starkel, committed to Oklahoma State after OSU became the first school to extend a scholarship offer.

Kolar all but ended his recruiting process after his commitment, and the Cowboy coaching staff can only hope Starkel does the same.

An unranked recruit heading into his senior season, Kolar became a concensus four-star quarterback who threw for 39 touchdowns and rushed for 6 during his junior and senior seasons at Norman North High School.

The best thing about Kolar is that no one expects him to step in and take over right away. At 6-foot-4, he is an ideal height for a quarterback who will eventually have the advantage to see over the defense and make reads, but lacks the body mass of a Div. I quarterback at just 200 pounds.

But Div. I weight training and Rob Glass will be able to change that soon. One of the big upsides for Kolar was also his ability as a mobile quarterback. 247sports ranked his footwork an 8/10, with his elusiveness and ability to adjust on the fly part of what made him such a highly ranked dual-threat quarterback.

The important part to remember is that verbal commitments (like Starkel’s) are non-binding, meaning that he could (please don’t!) back out of his commitment at any point until he signs a letter of intent.

Before we go and anoint Nick Starkel as the next big thing, just remember that after Rudolph, the next quarterback who may have a chance to get an opportunity could already be in Stillwater.

Check out his signing day highlight and it’s easy to see why he was recruited to OSU.

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