Bruins Watching Starks Closely

Apr. 24 -- The Encino (Calif.) Crespi fullback, Jalen Starks, could be close to an offer from UCLA...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi fullback Jalen Starks (6-1, 240) is the top fullback in the West and one of the best nationally.

The No. 2 ranked fullback in the country has one offer, from FCS Robert Morris, but is hoping a bigger offer is around the country.

“I’ve been talking to UCLA a lot and mainly them so far,” said Starks. “I talk a lot with Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu, Coach (Angus) McClure and Coach (DeShaun) Foster. They haven’t offered but I think they could be.”

While Starks is a projected as a fullback, UCLA has an idea of how they’d use him.

“I think they want to use me like Myles Jack, as their short yardage back and at the goal line,” said Starks. “I think I could be a 20-carry a game back, but I wouldn’t mind being used in short yardage and down by the end zone. I just want to benefit the team.”

Starks visited UCLA earlier in the spring.

“I went there on April 6th and took a tour of the campus and the facilities and we walked through the school and then stayed for practice,” said Starks. “I’ll be at their Spring Game on Saturday too.”

Should an offer come, though, Starks said he wouldn’t necessarily jump on it right away.

“I want to take my time and see my options,” said Starks. “But I’m obviously hoping for the best and for an offer from UCLA.”

Starks said he wants to get around 225-230 for the season.

He’s doing track in the offseason, running the 100m and the 4x100 and doing the long jump and high jump.

Academically, he has a 3.3 overall and has a 3.8 this semester. He’ll take the SAT on May 2nd.

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