Starks sets top 5
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman running back Nathan Starks has a new top five. The coveted running back is receiving interest from a variety of big time programs. "I have a top five right now. I like Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and USC," Starks said. The 6-foot, 190-pound running back breaks down what he likes about each school at the top of his list. Notre Dame: "They have a very long tradition. I like their style of play. If I went to the NFL [early], I could go back and finish school and get my degree from Notre Dame. There is a lot of networking there. Notre Dame just has the whole package, and I would be set for life. Coach [Tony] Alford came out, and he said he really likes my film. He's telling me I could be a back that carries the ball 26 times a game, so it would be pretty cool to go there." Texas: "I've heard Austin [Texas] is just a great place to be and it has a great atmosphere. It was a big offer, because they don't offer a lot of players outside of Texas. Hopefully, I can visit there this spring." Oklahoma: "I've always been a huge a fan of Oklahoma. I grew up watching Adrian Peterson. I am really close with Coach [Bob] Stoops." Alabama: "What else can I say about Alabama? They just won another national championship, and they always produce monster running backs." USC: "They also have the networking tools like Notre Dame. It's close to home, and I love Cali." Starks says he's in no rush to make a decision, but he knows what he's looking for in a school. "I don't really know when I'll make my decision," he said. "I want to make the right decision that will last for the next four years. I want to take all my official visits, too. The main factors will be where I fit in the best and if the offense runs the ball a lot. I want to find a place that's home to me and one that has a good education." Starks' list of five isn't set in stone, and should the Ducks jump on board, he may have some rearranging to do. "Hopefully, Oregon is close to offering," Starks said. "I talk to their running back coach a lot. If Oregon offered, that could potentially shake things up." Starks says he'll visit Notre Dame on April 11. Last season, Starks rushed for 1821 yards on 170 carries for 27 touchdowns. He is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 3 running back in 2014.
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