ARLINGTON, Texas -- Norman (Okla.) North quarterback John Kolar made his way down from the Sooner State on Sunday to participate in the Elite 11 passing camp at AT&T Stadium.
Rated as a high three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals, the 6'3, 195-pounder has flown under the radar a bit despite replacing Alabama signee David Cornwell last fall and throwing for nearly 1,700 yards with 15 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
On Sunday, he drew some praise from ESPN's National Recruiting Director Tom Luginbill for his work at Elite 11:
With good size, athleticism, and an easy and fluid delivery, Kolar has a nice skill set, but left disappointed in his performance.
"Overall, I wasn't very satisfied with my performance," he told SB Nation Recruiting after the event. "I felt like there are areas I could improve in with all my throws."
But one of the benefits of attending high-level camps like Elite 11 is the coaching that prospects receive from the likes of former NFL quarterbacks Trent Dilfer and Jordan Palmer. Kolar was no exception, having picked up some tips from the staff on how he can achieve the improvement that he sees as necessary.
"A lot of footwork coaching points from the staff, which I need, and on my release and mechanics," Kolar said.
One offer was all that Kolar needed to end his recruitment, as he committed to the home-state Oklahoma State Cowboys back in early March on a visit to Stillwater.
"I just felt completely comfortable there. The coaching staff made it feel like home for me and like a family that I want to be a part of," he said.
It also helped that head coach Mike Gundy has extensive experience developing quarterbacks in his high-powered offense, which has been producing productive attacks now for years in the Big 12.
"That definitely helped," Kolar said. "We had a lot of conversations about quarterbacks and what he looks for at the position. Just getting along with him made the decision a lot easier."
The dual-threat quarterback with good athleticism said that he plans on making it back to Oklahoma State during the summer and that he's still hearing from some other schools, but isn't paying attention to those pitches.
He also revealed that he grew up an Oklahoma fan, hardly a surprise since he is from Norman and his parents attended the school.
However, it was the ability to develop that comfort level at Oklahoma State that ultimately led to his commitment and resulted in him dropping his affinity for the Sooners in favor of the Cowboys.
"When I first visited, I really fell in love with it and since then they've sent me letters almost every day," Kolar said.
"I just feel more at home there every day."