The 2014 season hasn't even started. Heck, the majority of this year's recruits don't even get to campus until summer begins. However, Oklahoma State fans were treated to some interesting and exciting news about a certain 2015 recruit a few days ago.
On April 16, Norman North High School quarterback John Kolar went from unranked in the ESPN 300 to the No. 3 pocket passer in the nation and the No. 82 player overall.
Kolar's story is pretty interesting on its own. In 2013, he was backing up Alabama commit David Cornwell for Norman North. Cornwell was ranked as a 4-star recruit and the No. 3 pocket passer in the nation by 247Sports.
Midway through the season, Cornwell went down and Kolar stepped into the starting role. He quickly asserted himself as a quality player and ended his half-season with 1,693 yards and 15 TDs to just two interceptions.
Those numbers, matched with his 6'4" frame, made him an early priority for Mike Gundy and his coaching staff. But the question is this: What are the Pokes getting from this young man?
The first thing that jumps off the tape is that Kolar is not afraid to run the ball (even though ESPN has Kolar listed as a pocket passer). That probably comes from the fact that he used to play wide receiver and is a natural athlete.
Watch this Hudl highlight tape and you'll see him running the read-option quite a bit for Norman North, something that might remind Oklahoma State fans of J.W. Walsh.
However, the tape shows a guy who would rather stay in the pocket and make throws, even if he does have solid running ability on designed runs and scrambling opportunities. Clint Chelf might be the more apt comparison.
The thing that probably excites Cowboys' fans, though, is Kolar's deep ball. It still needs some work, but the tape shows that the ability to accurately hit receivers deep is there. Additionally, he throws a pretty good end-zone fade, something the Cowboys have been known to use a lot in the past.
That said, we can't crown Kolar as the next Brandon Weeden (or Clint Chelf for that matter) just yet. We still only have limited game tape available on this young man, and the 2014 season will be very telling when takes over full time as quarterback for his high school.
However, he definitely has legitimate skill at slinging the pigskin and some real athletic ability in the running game. Make sure to keep an eye on this guy.
Oklahoma State was smart to get on Kolar early, signing him on March 5, just a few weeks after 2014's national signing day. For now, they just need to hold onto their prize as he continues to impress and improve his ranking over the 2014 high school football season.
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