The 6-foot-5, 200 pound signal caller has been something of a local legend in the Kansas City metropolitan area for years, thanks to his prowess on the baseball diamond. But as word of his abilities on the gridiron began to spread, recruiters from some of the most successful programs in NCAA history started taking notice.
That type of thing will happen when one owns a 4.4-second electronic
40-yard dash time and can throw a football more than 70 yards.
With recruiters wearing a path through the office at GEHS in recent
weeks, Scout.com's #10 quarterback prospect has had quite a decision to
Now, Starling is almost ready to bring the process to a close, having
recently trimmed his list to a small handful of suitors. Alabama,
Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are receiving the most consideration,
with Kansas rounding out the list as a possible fifth.
That those schools have set themselves apart is due in large part to
the relationships Starling has forged with the assistants recruiting
him – including Jim McElwain (Alabama), Ed Warriner (Notre Dame) and
Shawn Watson (Nebraska).
"Coach Warriner from Notre Dame and Coach Watson up at Nebraska,
they're the two I would say I have the best relationships with so far,"
Starling said. "And it just keeps building as the weeks go on. It's
just been really good."
Oklahoma has yet to offer a scholarship, as Starling said Sooner
quarterback coach Josh Heupel informed him they were looking in on a
few other prospects. He expected to know more in the coming weeks,
after he and Heupel had the chance to speak again.
Of the local Kansas Jayhawks, he added he was "still looking at them a
A decision could be coming sooner rather than later as well. In fact,
Starling hoped to make a commitment by no later than the end of June.
"I want to have it out of the way before football season," he said. "It
has been a little bit stressful, and I just want to relieve some of the
stress. Once I've committed to someone, (I can) just focus on playing
with my high school team and working hard. Not having to think about
the recruiting process."
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