Quarterback Coleman Key (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) hasn’t started a varsity high school football game yet.
He knows this. His coach reminds him and reporters of this in almost every interview. He has never even played a game at his current high school, transferring from Owasso, Okla., to Broken Arrow in the spring.
But it’s difficult for people to not get excited about the 2014 prospect's potential. If his spring camp performances are a foreshadowing of things to come, the fall will be explosive for Key.
Last weekend certainly was. Key began his weekend at the first day of Oklahoma’s three-day camp Saturday. He went straight from Norman, Okla., to Austin, Texas, for the one-day camp for the Longhorns on Sunday.
“Not a lot of kids can get this type of opportunity so I want to take advantage of every chance I get,” Key said.
Not a lot of kids are Key, either, who is 6-feet-4 and 200 pounds heading into his junior season. Not a lot of kids have his arm strength or touch on their passes.
It wasn’t Key’s first visit with the Sooners. He was also at OU’s spring game April 14, but last weekend gave him a chance to connect with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel.
“He was very honest in terms of what I need to work on. I really liked that. He said what I was doing good and gives it to you straight,” Key said. “I just wanted to show him I’ve improved and am still developing.”
The Texas experience was a first for Key. He had never seen the campus before but said he came away impressed with the facilities and the atmosphere.
The family feeling helped, too.
“Everybody just felt really close, like a tight family,” Key said. “The coaches’ wives were there. It was a lot different atmosphere than OU. I’m not saying it was better but just different.
“Texas was more about the mental part of the game. Coach [Bryan] Harsin was talking about my eyes and the mentality of a quarterback. He wasn’t really stressing about footwork or anything like that. It was definitely a positive experience.”
Key is remaining humble, but it is becoming clear he will be a quality 2014 quarterback prospect to watch. At OU, he was paired with fellow 2014 prospect Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) as the two were the best quarterbacks on the first day.
At Texas, Key was able to work with and talk with Texas quarterback commit Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright).
“I just want to compete. I want to show what I can do,” Key said. “I’ve been competing with Justice for years, and it was great to get a chance to work with Tyrone. On his level -- that’s where I want to be.”