Starnes Being Patient

Jordan Starnes is one of the most underrated players in the state. The South Stanly High (Norwood, N.C.) standout talks about where he is in the recruiting process.

"Georgia Tech had already offered, but I knew they were only taking one (linebacker) – and they already had a guy commit," said Jordan Starnes. "So they said if someone decommits or someone on the team quits that they would love to have me."

"I camped at Wake Forest and did well. They (the coaches) told me that they were going to talk about the camp and they told me to call them sometime this week. I ran a 4.7 40 (yard dash) and a 4.45 shuttle. I also had 114-inch standing broad jump."

A couple of other schools are showing interest in the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect.

"Appalachian (State) is real big on me, but they always wait and offer late," said Starnes. "They like me at defensive end. N.C. State is also still interested. I'm pretty sure Appalachian will (offer), and I think N.C. State might. But, I'm not sure who all they have had commit already."

Lately, a couple of the schools recruiting Starnes have made a strong impression.

"As of late, Wake Forest has made a big impression," he said. "I like Coach Steed (Lobotzke) and Coach (Brian) Knorr. I like the coaches at Appalachian as well. But, I'm open to anybody at this point."

For now, Starnes is focused on his senior season.

"I want to help my team in any way that I can," said Starnes. "I just want to make big plays for my team – sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries."

Starnes has no timetable for his recruitment.

"I am just kind of playing it by ear," he said. "If I get an offer and I feel like it is the right one – I'm going to jump on it."

While Appalachian State is recruiting him as a defensive end, schools are primarily recruiting him to play outside linebacker. Last season, Starnes had 90 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries.

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