With college basketball season officially over, spring football is in the air.
Especially at Bishop Gorman High School.
Gorman, which has won four straight state titles and has also been ranked nationally in the Top 25 all four seasons under head coach Tony Sanchez, is going to be a popular spot for college coaches on the recruiting trail.
The Gaels have no fewer than a dozen Division I prospects – and that might be a tad on the conservative side – in their junior and senior classes. That list is topped by Nathan Starks, arguably the top running back prospect on the west coast for the Class of 2014, and quarterback Randall Cunningham Jr., a 7-foot-2 high jumper who is one of the nation’s premier all-around athletes.
Starks, who is taking an unofficial recruiting trip to Notre Dame this weekend, is rated the nation’s No. 26 overall prospect by Rivals.com, No. 27 by 247sports.com and No. 46 by Scout.com.
In other words, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder is pretty darn good.
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How good? Well, one longtime local football coach I trust, who also has experience at the professional level, thinks Starks has the potential to be better than another Bishop Gorman running back – DeMarco Murray, now with the Dallas Cowboys.
Like Murray, Starks has breakaway speed. But Starks at this stage is a better between the tackles runner the coach reasoned. (Check out the highlight video below).
Maybe that’s why everybody from defending national champion Alabama to USC to Oklahoma to the Fighting Irish have already offered Starks.
In the video interview above, Starks said he doesn’t have a favorite yet and wants to check out the campuses before he makes a choice.
“I’d like to see where I’d be living the next couple of years before I make any decision,” he said.
Starks also said he isn’t concerned about what other running backs are already on campus at those schools.
“Wherever I go I’m going to have to earn my spot,” he said. “I’m not afraid to compete no matter where I go.”
And fort good reason.
UPDATE: Starks was kicked out of school on April 24 for several violations of school rules.