BROKEN ARROW — Coleman Key has gone from unknown to known this summer.
The Broken Arrow quarterback opened the summer by attending the Elite 11 camp in Columbus, Ohio, only to be confused for another quarterback, TCU commit Grayson Muehlstein.
“It was kind of like, ‘OK, I'm not as good as I thought I was,'” Key said.
However, Key delivered a strong performance to show that in fact he is pretty good.
And now after the strong showing and committing to Colorado State, he feels like he belongs among some of the nation's top quarterbacks.
“Personally, I didn't think those guys were any much better than I was, but they've had a lot of exposure; they've had early offers,” Key said. “I felt like I held my own. I felt like I gave it all I had. That's all I could do was go out there and show what I got.”
Key, who is ranked No. 13 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for 2014, threw for 1,749 yards and 16 touchdowns last season in his first season with the Tigers.
For the 6-foot-5, 224-pound senior, it was a coming-out party.
Still, Key remains grounded, thanks in part to his parents, Scott and Julie.
“It's funny because when I started getting my offers, I would go in there and I would be like, ‘Hey Mom, I got an offer from so and so.' She would be like, ‘That's awesome. Now go do the dishes so you don't get the big head,'” Key said.
“They're always making me keep a level head because nothing good comes out having a big head and thinking you're all that and a bag of chips.”
Key moved to Broken Arrow from Owasso, where his older brother Kason Key starred, at the end of his sophomore year.
He was forced to play catchup with Broken Arrow's system, but caught on well enough to earn the starting spot and make an immediate impact. This summer he looks to already be even better.
“I'm just seeing a completely different athlete right now,” Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital said. “His knowledge level has improved tremendously, his talent level has, his decision making, and his leaderships responsibility, having a good tendency to make other people around him better.
“He's doing really good right now. I'm really pleased with that I'm seeing.”
Key has spent the summer working mainly working on his footwork, speed and improving his throwing motion.
And as he improves, he feels like Broken Arrow can be even better this season.
“I'm looking for us to dominate,” Key said. “I feel like we have all of the tools that we can dominate. We had all the tools last year.
“Last year the only people that stopped us was us. But I feel like we can come in and dominate every single game if we play the way we can play.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
No. 13: Coleman Key
School: Broken Arrow
Committed to: Colorado State, June 24