Starks Raves About Visit

The Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek running back, Nathan Starks, had high praise for his official visit to UCLA...

Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek running back Nathan Starks got to visit his future home over the weekend.

Just two weeks after he committed to UCLA following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Starks made the trip to Southern California.

"It was awesome," said Starks. "UCLA has a beautiful campus and I loved the weather. I can't wait to get here. It's home."

Starks was hosted by freshman lineman Caleb Benenoch and spent much of his time with the other players as well as visitors.

"Jaleel Wadood came up (Saturday) night and I've known Jaleel for two years know and we're real good friends. We were talking a lot about UCLA and it's just a real good place to be," said Starks. "We were working on Aaron Sharp (the quarterback that UCLA is recruiting from Texas) and trying to get him on board. He was having a good time and we're hoping he joins the team."

Starks also spent much of his time with running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and head coach Jim Mora.

"Me and Coach Polamalu have known each other since he was at USC and we always had a great relationship. We started talking and it worked out that they offered me," said Starks. "Coach Mora is such a good guy, I feel like he's going to be a guy that I can surround myself with and be up for me, watch my back and stay on me. I really feel like he will get the best out of me."

Starks said his time meeting with Polamalu and Mora gave him good insight into his future.

"Coach Mora and Coach Polamalu and I sat down and they said it's going to be a great fit for me in the offense and that they want me to be one of those players that can make an impact," said Starks.

Starks said it didn't take much time being on campus for it to be confirmed to him that UCLA was the best place for him.

"Not long at all," said Starks. "Being at UCLA before, I was familiar with it but being there for my visit, just made it so much better."

Starks said that since he committed to the Bruins, Florida, Notre Dame and USC have all been calling, but he's not showing interest to them.

"I'm solid and I'm not taking any other visits," said Starks.

This week, Starks will have UCLA coaches in for an in-home visit.

"Coach Mora and Coach Polamalu are coming out on Wednesday," said Starks.

Starks said he's working on one former Bishop Gorman teammate while talking to another who's already committed to UCLA.

"I've been talking to Nick Gates a lot lately and I told him that UCLA is a great place and the coaches will take care of him," said Starks. "And Alize Jones (UCLA's five-star tight end commit for 2015), the first thing he said to me is that he's mad that he's not coming in with me and Jaleel. But he said it's going to be awesome at UCLA together and I'm excited to play with him again."

Starks said the weather would be tough to leave, heading back to Colorado.

"I've been enjoying it and loving every bit of it out here," said Starks.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com 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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