Starr Discusses the L.A. Schools

With spring ball wrapping up and the focus now turning to recruiting for college coaches, one player that will get plenty of attention in the coming weeks is four-star linebacker Scott Starr. Look inside to see which schools have visited Norco this week...

With spring ball wrapping up and the focus now turning to recruiting for college coaches, one player that will get plenty of attention in the coming weeks is four-star linebacker Scott Starr.

The talented playmaker from Norco High School already has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, UCLA and Washington, but is trying to avoid getting too distracted with everything that comes with being a top recruit.

"It's exciting," Starr said of the recruiting process. "I just try to have fun with it and try to focus on what I want to improve on as a player and try to improve my team."

Starr grew up watching college football, so hearing from some of the top coaches across the country has been an amazing experience.

"It's a cool feeling because you feel wanted for all the work that you have been putting in," he said. "It just makes you want to motivate yourself more to become even better It's just really fun right now."

This week, coaches from USC (James Cregg) and UCLA (Wayne Moses) paid visits to Norco.

"UCLA stopped by yesterday and USC stopped by today," he said "I think Oregon will be coming down too."

The 6-3,228-pound linebacker is familiar with both of the local programs, having spent time on their campuses this spring.

"I know that they are both progressing," he said "You can tell that the (UCLA) players want to be better and the coaches are bringing a new model to the team that I saw from last year.

"USC is still getting after it like they always do You got five-star recruits as your backup so if you slack one day you could lose a starting job."

So what is Starr looking for in a school?

"First of all, I look at the academics because I know that football might not work out for me, I hope to God that nothing happens, but if something does I will be able to fall back on that education," he explained. "Besides that, I want to excel in a defense like a 3-4 type of defense. And just see how the coaches are, how the tradition is and how they get after it in practice.

"It just depends on how the football team is progressing and campus life."

One of the more physically impressive linebackers in California, Starr feels his combination of size and speed are what makes his game stand out.

"I think that my body build and how fast I am for being as big as I am," Starr replied when asked about his strengths. "Some people think that I am a defensive end and then they see me run on the field and they say, ‘Oh, okay, he's a linebacker.'

"I try to play like Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews, just always try to form those two together. Cushing is always pushing his boundaries and Clay Matthews is just a great story for every underdog out there."

Starr plans to attend the Stanford Nike Camp on May 15th and USC's Rising Stars Camp.


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