But he wasn't exactly considered a quarterback prodigy.
He quit football for several years to focus on basketball and baseball. He then switched from receiver to quarterback his freshman year of high school, mostly because the coaches wanted to use the junior high QB, Zach Grant, at wide receiver and defensive back because he was a better athlete. And even when he was breaking Illinois state records and winning back-to-back championships, he was rated a three- or four-star prospect by recruiting sites.
“He's obviously a good player, but I think there's more to that than just the skill level,” Greer said. “…It was more of just being a competitor and working hard, and you knew something was going to go good.”
OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken likes to use the phrase “you think you know, but you don't know” when describing how Lunt — or any new player — will ultimately respond in a game environment.
But the folks in Rochester do know. And Leonard said the coaches' assessments of Lunt so far — and what they should expect — are “exactly right.”
“He just is so focused and so concentrated, which I think you really want,” Leonard said. “That's what makes him special.”
The personality, and road to OSU, may be average. The mental makeup, and step he'll take Saturday, are anything but.
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Oklahoma State true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt is set for his next major sports milestone — his first collegiate start.
His father, Andy, breaks down the other big sports moments in Wes' life.
Age 4 or 5
First organized sport: soccer
Andy Lunt: “He was pretty good. He could run at that time and had foot coordination … he held his own, for sure.”
First football game
Andy Lunt: “I think he was the center. I think. It was not a bad experience, it was just he was more of a basketball and baseball guy at that point.”
First time playing quarterback
Andy Lunt: “He played quarterback maybe a half of a game, maybe a whole game. He was a receiver.”
High school junior year
First varsity start
Andy Lunt: “The senior group was a very strong group. He did well. He didn't turn it over. He threw three or four touchdown passes. I don't remember anything specific. Even before the game, I think he was nervous, but anxious and excited. They won.”
First collegiate start
Andy Lunt: “He certainly doesn't wear his emotions on his sleeve, I'll put it that way. I'm sure he's very anxious, but he's a pretty together kid.”