Starcevich on Radar

With the recruitment of the 2012 class in high gear, there's an in-state junior quarterback being courted by Iowa, Iowa State and others. Southeast Polk's Kyle Starcevich could be a star on the rise.

Iowa and Iowa State handed Kyle Starcevich an open invitation to attended any of their home games this season. The Southeast Polk (Runnels, Iowa) quarterback has taken advantage of it.

The Class of 2013 gunslinger attended all three of the Cyclones home games this season, which included a match-up against Iowa. Starcevich took in the Iowa-Pittsburgh game last month and has scheduled a trip to Iowa City this weekend to see the Hawkeyes play host to Northwestern.

"It's been quite a cool experience so far," the 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander said. "I've been getting mail every day. It's great to talk to the coaches and take it all in. I'm enjoying the process so far."

Starcevich has time on his side. While he doesn't have a scholarship offer yet, he's not eligible to sign a letter of intent until February of '13.

In addition to the in-state schools, Starcevich reports that he's receiving recruiting mail consistently from Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Penn State, UCLA, Duke, Stanford and Missouri.

"Duke has been sending me stuff about every day," he said. "Mississippi State and Wisconsin send stuff just about every day."

Through seven games this season, Starcevich completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,320 yards and15 touchdowns.

"You have to first take care of your own high school season and focus on that," he said. "If you play well in those games, good things will happen and people will notice you. It's kind of nice that I'm already on (the college coaches') radar."

Starcevich camped at Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin and Kansas this summer. He also participated in some quarterback camps and combine events.

"When I go on these recruiting visits, it's really nice to talk to the coaches and see what their perspective on me is," Starcevich said. "You can kind of feel it out and see how comfortable you are there and how much attention you're getting. It's been pretty cool so far.

"I've been invited to a Stanford game and a couple of Duke games, but that's a long drive. I can't get out there during my season. Maybe they'll have to be official visits next year."

Starcevich said he's receiving positive feedback from college coaches.

"They say that they really, really like what I've been doing," he said. "They like how I lead my team. They just said for me to keep on doing my thing and we'll go from there. They want me to keep coming to games and get that experience with what they do and how they do it."

Coaches requested film from the first half of Starcevich's season, with which he has furnished them.

"After I talked to them at games I went to, they wanted me to keep in touch," Starcevich said. "I usually keep in touch with Coach (Reese) Morgan from Iowa and Coach (Bob) Elliott from Iowa State. I call them about two or three times a week. Even if I don't get ahold of them, I just leave them a message."

"I think they still want to evaluate my film. I feel like the first offer is coming soon. But, like I said, I've just got to keep playing well and good things will happen. It will just happen when it happens."

Starcevich has dreamed about and worked towards playing college football.

"It's kind of surreal right now with all this stuff that's been going on," he said. "But I'm still humble about it. I'm just enjoying it. I'm loving every minute of it. It will go by fast. (Signing day) will be here before you know it."

Starcevich describes himself as a pro-style quarterback.

"I'm more of pocket passer," he said. "One part of my game I have been working on is to get my speed up. I wouldn't say I'm just a pocket passer. I can scramble if I need to."

Starcevich plans to attend some junior days at schools this winter and continue researching schools contacting him. He does not have an idea how long he'll wait to make a decision.

"As a kid, you always want that first offer to come, to get that over with," Starcevich said. "Once that first offer comes, more start coming because it creates interest from other schools. I'd like to get that first offer out of the way. But it will happen when it happens."


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