2012 Intro: LB Scott Starr

The Norco (Calif.) outside linebacker, Scott Starr, looks to be one of the top prospects in Southern California in the 2012 class and UCLA is a school he's seriously interested in...

Norco (Calif.) outside linebacker Scott Starr (6-4, 212), was one of the more impressive players we saw over the weekend, and the 2012 prospect is definitely a name to remember.

Starr was originally from Riverside, playing at Riverside Poly (who Norco played when we saw him over the weekend) as a freshman than playing at Desert Oasis HS in Las Vegas as a sophomore, before moving back to the Inland Empire this year.

And Starr has made an impression with the Cougars, who've made just as much of an impression on him.

"I knew that Norco was a bunch of hard-working, D-I kids and being with players like Kelsey Young (a Stanford commit), he's teaching me to be a leader. Once he leaves, he told me I'm one of the leaders of the team, so I look up to him as a player," said Starr. "And going against Brent Walker every day, he's a really good player to practice against."

Starr wants to play outside linebacker in college.

"I want to play outside and I'm going to be working on my speed this offseason, training a lot and trying to improve," said Starr, who said Clay Matthews is the player he's modeling his game after.

Starr has been to a few schools already this season, all in the Pac-10.

"I took a visit over to the Rose Bowl and UCLA for their game against Oregon State this weekend and the week before, I was at USC when they played Oregon," said Starr. "And I went out to Arizona State when they played Oregon too."

Stanford, where former Norco star Toby Gerhart, Starr's coach Todd's son, played, and Oregon State have sent letters.

"Right now, the schools I like are UCLA, Stanford and Oregon," said Starr. "Really, any college would be fine for me. I just want to make sure that I'm set up with financial stability so I can take care of my life if football doesn't work out. I like Stanford because if I get a degree there, even if football works out, I'll be set. And I really liked Oregon and UCLA a lot too."

Stanford obviously has a good sitting at Norco, with the Gerhart connection, and Young being a commit there.

"I talked with the coaches there and I've talked with Toby a lot, and he's said it's a really good campus and they teach you well there," said Starr.

UCLA is close to home and that is a big deal for Starr, and Oregon's success this season has caught his eye.

"UCLA or Oregon are great programs too and I'll definitely try to be at their camps," said Starr. "I got invited to the U.S. Army Combine too and may go to that."

Starr said he's interested in schools around the country, but his preference is to stay out West.

"I prefer to stay on the West Coast," said Starr.

Academically, Starr has a 3.2 GPA and will take the SAT and ACT in the spring.

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