Blaine DE Di-Jon Starr Gets Big Ten Interest

Di-Jon Starr, a 6-foot-2, 251-pound defensive end from Blaine, helped lead the Bengals to the Prep Bowl championship game, where they lost to Wayzata 27-7 and finished 11-2 overall. Starr was named first-team Associated Press All-State and first-team Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Blaine head coach Shannon Gerrety to learn the latest on Starr's recruitment.

Di-Jon Starr finished fourth on the Bengals in tackles with 88, 43 solos and 45 assists and had two sacks. He added three rushes for two yards and one rushing touchdown as a running back in short-yardage situations.

Blaine head coach Shannon Gerrety said that Starr is starting to get some interest from local schools.

"The Big Ten schools that I have been hearing him to talk to a little are Wisconsin, Iowa and the Gophers, who invited him to their Junior Day the other weekend," he said. "Those are three Big Ten schools that are getting their name in his door and seeing if he is good enough to play there."

Starr, who runs a 4.8 40-yard dash, is a player with many strengths, according to Gerrety.

"He is really fast," he said. "He is really fast off the football. He's got great strength and low center of gravity. He has really big, strong legs. He is a strong kid. Fast off the ball. He's got a great motor. He gets after it."

Gerrety said that Starr is working to improve his all-around game.

Technique is a big thing for any young player," he said. "He's got good technique, but that is something that comes with maturity and experience. That is obviously something that he is going to work on. Continue to get stronger in the weight room. He comes here every day and works out when we have our workouts. He is good at doing that. Obviously, strength and technique is a big deal and he'll continue to work on that."

Gerrety said that Starr will likely play at his high school position when he gets to college.

"Defensive end, because of his speed," he said. "Maybe some nose tackle. He played nose as a sophomore. Our mistake. We need to get him on the edge and let him run. He got double-teamed too much. What he is really good at is beating people off the ball and making moves and getting to the ball and pursue it. He is a D-end with a five technique, no question."

Gerrety said that Starr who did not attend any camps last summer, is starting to decide where to go this summer.

We're just talking and feeling it out," he said. "Any big school that would be interested in him, he would be interested in going. He wants to play football."

Gerrety said that Starr also competes for Blaine in a spring sport.

"He throws the shot and discus in track," he said. "He is very good at that, because he is so quick. He is good at that also."

Gerrety said that despite losing some key players, including the Assocated Press Player of the Year James Peterson, who signed with Concordia St. Paul, the team has high hopes for next season.

"Every year, we expect to compete for the conference championship and section title," he said. "We expect to do that every year. We graduate some kids who played in the Prep Bowl last year and we'll graduate some key players, but every year we go in with the same expectations. We are going to compete for a conference championship first and get through our section and try to compete for a state championship. That is our expectations every year."

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