Colorado is Starr gazing

The new Colorado football staff landed Norco High School cornerback Greg Henderson in the 2011 recruiting class and is now pursuing one of his teammates for the 2012 cycle. Get inside for more.

Scott Starr, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound outside linebacker received his first two scholarship offers several weeks ago from Arizona State and Colorado.

Starr said he spoke with CU linebackers coach Brian Cabral and head coach Jon Embree and was impressed with what they had to say.

"They were real nice," Starr said. "They were on the mark with everything that I would like to hear from a coach. They seemed really friendly and everything."

Henderson and Starr still see each other every day and Henderson has been talking up the CU program, the campus and Boulder area. Starr said he trusts Henderson's opinion.

Starr is hearing from a lot of programs at this early point in the recruiting cycle and is keeping his options open. He said most of the interest is coming from Pac-12 schools, but he receives correspondence from other programs such as Michigan.

If Colorado really wants him, coaches in Boulder and elsewhere will have to be patient. Starr has no plans to make a decision any time soon. In fact, it's likely he won't make up his mind until the cycle nears completion late next fall or winter.

"I want to take my five visits," Starr said. "I want to be able to experience how the culture is down there instead of just looking at a website or talking to a coach. I'd like to go to a game and see the atmosphere and know that's where I want to play."

Starr said he has no preference when it comes to staying close to home or leaving the state for college. He said he would like to play in the Pac-12 in an ideal situation.

Starr said every school he has been in contact with has told him they see him as an outside linebacker with the exception of USC. He said Trojans coaches view him as an inside linebacker.

"I'd would like to play outside, but the coaches have the best idea of where I would play best at. So I don't mind it," he said.

Between his sophomore and junior seasons, Starr transferred from Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas to Norco. He said when he arrived, he had plenty of doubters.

Starr finished the season with 114 tackles and three sacks.

"There was a lot of doubt going into the season with people thinking I would not be able to handle it, but I just had to step up and do it," he said. "It was nice. It was a good learning experience."

Starr is not running track this spring. He said he decided to spend his time in gym working on building strength and didn't want to lose a lot of weight as he has in past track seasons. He is contemplating participating in the Nike camp at USC this year, but doesn't know for sure if that will happen. He doesn't have any plans to travel out of state for junior days this spring.

"I think that I'm going to sit back and wait to see what college offers me the best opportunity, just like the entire picture," Starr said. "I want to look at all my options and not make a rushed decision that will affect me for the rest of my life."

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