NN Alum Makes It Big


| John E. Moore III

Kolar running the ball at Iowa State

Norman North alum Charlie Kolar entered the NFL as a tight end last week in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens. Kolar entered the draft after playing for Iowa State.

Norman North has proven to be a producer of major talent like Nascar driver Christian Bell, NFL linebacker Jordan Evans, and NBA player Trae Young.

Charlie Kolar grew up here in Norman and attended North from 2013 to 2017. As a junior, Kolar caught 52 passes for 920 yards and 13 touchdowns. Kolar was named first-team All-State as a senior after recording 66 receptions for 1,240 yards and 12 touchdowns. Kolar was also a teammate of Trae Young when he played basketball. Kolar committed to play football at Iowa State during his senior year.

Kolar playing at Norman North (| Steve Sisney)

Kolar redshirted his true freshman season. As a redshirt freshman, he played in all 13 of Iowa State’s games and finished the season with 11 receptions for 137 yards and three touchdowns, and was named second-team All-Big 12 Conference by the league’s coaches. Kolar caught 51 passes for 697 yards and seven touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore and was named first-team All-Big 12. Following the end of the season, he considered entering the 2020 NFL Draft, but opted to return for his redshirt junior season. Kolar was named first-team All-Big 12 for a second straight season after finishing his redshirt junior year with 44 receptions for 591 yards and a team-high seven touchdown receptions. In 2021, Kolar was awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy, known as the “academic Heisman”.

After a successful high school and college career, Kolar recently entered the NFL Draft where he was selected in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens as a tight end.