With his first two seasons in college behind him, QB Dak Prescott has a new mission to get his football career back on track and make his mark on the 2016 recruiting class.
But first he has to prove that he is still in the NFL draft mix, which is where he believes he will fit in the best.
In this exclusive interview, Prescott talks about his recruitment process, his thoughts on being drafted, and the pressure that comes with being a pro prospect.1.
When did you first see your name on the national recruiting radar?
My first contact with a major program came at the beginning of January.
I was working in the hotel lobby and someone approached me and asked me if I wanted to sign a couple of autographs.
The next day, I got an invitation to a national recruiting day.
What was it like seeing the number one overall pick in the draft?
It was pretty surreal seeing the top overall pick.
It was a very surreal experience to see him at the combine.
I think it’s a pretty cool honor for a young quarterback to get that call.
I definitely got a little bit emotional seeing the pick in front of me. 3.
What do you think of the competition at this point?
I’m excited for my chance to play with the best players in the country, but I also know that I have to prove myself.
I’ve played a lot of college football, and I know I have a lot to prove, but right now I’m just trying to get my foot in the door and try to prove to the coaches that I can be the No. 1 quarterback at Oklahoma State.
Do you feel like you can handle the pressure of being the first overall pick?
I know it’s something I have had to deal with in my past, but this is my second time doing it, so I’m definitely excited for this opportunity.
Are you ready for the competition to come to you?
Yes, I definitely am.
I’m ready to go. 6.
How would you describe the Oklahoma State offense?
We play a lot more spread offenses.
There are more concepts that I’m not familiar with, but it definitely takes me away from the playbook.
Who will you be competing against?
There’s a lot going on, so there are a lot a different guys on the field that I don’t know what they are doing.
I’ll probably have to get a little more comfortable with the spread offenses and just see what they’re doing, but the most important thing is that I get my feet under me and prove that I am the best player in this class.
What advice would you give a young QB on his recruitment?
It’s really up to the players.
But I think the first thing that I would tell my player is to go to school and make sure you have a solid foundation of academics, work hard and get the scholarship to Oklahoma State right away.
I would also tell him to take a year off, go to summer camps, and do everything I can to make sure that you’re on the right track.
What’s your biggest challenge at this time?
The biggest challenge is just getting my foot into the door.
I know there’s going to be a lot on the line at Oklahoma.
But also, it’s about the team, too.
You can’t take everything for granted.
What is your advice to any young QB that’s thinking about going pro?
Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.
The most important part of this process is you have to make the right decision and make the smart decision.
Don’t just rely on the number.
Do people tell you when you’re done?
I don’t really listen to that.
What would you say to a kid who is interested in going pro but not sure if you’re ready to commit?
Go for it.
Just do your research.
If you want to go pro, go for it, but if you don’t, go do something else.
What are your biggest concerns about the 2016 class?
I think that there are just a lot different people that you have that are going to have to play at a high level, and you have an opportunity to play in the pros.
What will be your best shot to make an impact in the next two years?
I hope to have a good year and be the guy that can really make an immediate impact.
That’s my goal.
Do the coaches tell you where they stand with you?
I have a very strong relationship with the coaches.
But that’s the thing.
I don�t really care.
They have their own vision and I think that’s what matters.
Are there any players you would like to see compete in the National Championship Game?
I wouldn’t mind if someone got drafted before