By Otis Kirk
Nick Starkel played two years at Texas A&M, but now has decided to move on to a new school for his final two years of college football. He announced the decision on Twitter on Jan. 22.
Starkel signed with the Aggies in the Class of 2016 out of Argyle (Texas) Liberty Christian High School. He redshirted in 2016 and then played in 2017 and 2018. He will graduate at the end of the spring semester and then have two years to play at his new school.
He may be best remembered in College Station for his perfrormance against Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl as a redshirt freshman. He completed 42 of 63 passes for 499 yards and four touchdowns with one interception on Dec. 19, 2017.
In two years with the Aggies, Starkel played in 11 games completing 138 of 227 passes for 1,962 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. That included 2017 when he played in seven games completing 123 of 205 passes for 1,793 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.
In addition to the Belk Bowl, he also had some other big games in 2017. Against New Mexico on Nov. 11, Starkel completed 21 of 30 passes for 416 yards and four touchdowns. One week later, he completed 19 of 32 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown with one interception against Ole Miss. That season he also passed for 227 yards against LSU and 184 in the Auburn game.
In 2018, Kellen Mond was the starter and Starkel only played in four games. In his two years with the Aggies, Starkel never quarterbacked in the Arkansas game.
In high school, coached by Barton Hundley at Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas. He played for Southlake Carroll High School his freshman year. Threw 4,745 yards and 48 touchdowns in three varsity seasons. His senior year at Liberty Christian, threw for 3,091 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Starkel will now likely land at Arkansas, Arizona, Florida State, Georgia Tech or Ohio State with Louisiana-Lafayette also maybe in the mix.
Arkansas’ quarterback situation consists of senior Ben Hicks, a grad transfer from SMU; sophomore Daulton Hyatt, redshirt freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones along with incoming true freshman KJ Jefferson.