Starks Visits UCLA

The Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman two-way 2014 athlete, Nathan Starks, visited UCLA last weekend...

One of the top performers we've seen this spring is also one of the top 2014 prospects nationally, two-way prospect Nathan Starks (5-11, 207), from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.

Starks, who plays safety and running back, jumped on to the map last fall as a sophomore, when he helped the Gaels to a Top 10 ranking in the FoxSportsNext/Scout.com Top 50 and a third straight state title.

This fall, with Shaquille Powell, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nevada, off to Duke, Starks will be the focus of the Gaels running game while also anchoring a stellar secondary.

This spring, Starks has been stellar on both sides of the ball, and while we've been most impressed with him at safety, running back is where his heart is.

"Running back has always been one of the main things I've always loved to do," said Starks. "I love offense and I love running back. With Shaq gone, I'm working hard every day to handle the workload."

Schools have already offered Starks, primarily as an athlete, because of his versatility.

"I've had offers from Utah, Duke and UCLA and then Oklahoma and USC have talked with me," said Starks. "They all like me as an athlete and they'll just decide when I get there where I'll play."

Starks was in Southern California last weekend for the IMG/Madden 7on7 Tournament and took in unofficial visits to both USC and UCLA.

"I really liked USC and I think I fit in well there," said Starks. "I feel like they could use me and the coaches seemed to really like me. I liked the visit to UCLA a lot too and the campus is really nice and they're fixing things up there at the school."

While Starks said it's a long ways until he'll make a decision, his focus is on taking more of a leadership role for the Gaels this year, who play a strong schedule with numerous out-of-state games, and improving his own game.

"I think my best attributes are my speed, elusiveness and my strength," said Starks. "I've gotten a lot stronger since last season. I'm hoping by my senior year I'll be 215-220. But my speed, definitely my speed, is improving. I recently ran a 4.46 forty. Of course, I have things to work on, like my pass protection."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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