US Army Update: Nathan Starks

The Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek two-way athlete, Nathan Starks, talks about his top three...

Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek two-way athlete Nathan Starks had to sit out half the season trying to get eligible in Colorado after moving from Nevada.

Starks finally got on the field, but only playing part of the season had him itching to play more.

So on Monday's first day of practices for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Starks was more than ready to be back in action.

"It was really tough missing half of the season, but I'm always going to be a guy that is going to go out and work," said Starks. "I'm so excited and blessed to come out here and work with some terrific players."

Starks, a four-star safety by Scout, has his heart at running back, which is what he's playing in San Antonio, and he was the top running back performer on Day One.

"I definitely want to play running back but whatever a school wants me to play, I'm ready to go in and work," said Starks. "Schools are telling me running back though."

After he left Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman and moved to Colorado, recruiting slowed down for him, but once he returned to the field, it had picked up and Starks said three schools are standing outo to him.

"I'm going to use January for my official visits," said Starks. "I'm working to get to Oklahoma first, then hopefully UCLA and Florida State."

Starks said Oklahoma assistant coach Cale Gundy is expected to have an in-home with him in January, their scheduled visit in December canceled because Gundy couldn't get to Colorado because of the weather.

"He was supposed to come out, but it was snowing really bad so he couldn't come in so we're going to do it in January," said Starks. "This month will be about those in-homes."

Florida State assistant coach Tim Brewster, who's son prepped in Colorado when he was an assistant with the Denver Broncos, is recruiting him for the Seminoles while a handful of UCLA coaches are recruiting Starks since the previous coach recruiting him, Steve Broussard, is no longer on the Bruin staff.

"Coach Broussard left, so I'm getting back in touch with them at UCLA," said Starks.

Colorado State and Colorado both recruited Starks once he moved, but he's looking to get out of Colorado.

"Colorado State recruited me a little more than Colorado did but I'm not really looking to go to school in Colorado," said Starks.

Starks said when he feels the timing is right, he'll make his decision, with no set timetable.

"It's a matter of where I think I'll fit in and when I feel it," said Starks. "Then I'll make my decision."

For the Army Bowl, Starks is reunited with his former coach at Gorman, Tony Sanchez, the coach of the West.

"I've always been on good terms with Coach Sanchez so it's fun," said Starks.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOX Sports, 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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