Starks Commits to UCLA

May 28 -- The Encino (Calif.) Crespi fullback, Jalen Starks, jumped on the offer UCLA extended on Thursday...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi fullback Jalen Starks knew that if UCLA offered at any point, there was no sense in waiting to commit.

So when UCLA running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and defensive line coach Angus McClure extended the offer to Starks on Thursday, he didn't wait.

"UCLA was my dream school and I knew if they offered, that's where I was going," said Starks. "I just committed to UCLA and it's like a dream come true. I can't even describe it."

Starks called McClure and Polamalu after spending a few hours talking it over and let them know he was going to be a Bruin.

"I called Coach Angus and Coach Kennedy and told them I was committing and they started screaming and yelling," said Starks. "They were all excited."

Starks thought an offer would come after the Bruins' camp in June, but they extended it on Thursday and he was ready to jump in.

"I knew if they offered, I was going to commit, so I was just relieved when they offered," said Starks. "Now I can go and ball out my senior year."

Growing up near UCLA, Starks said the opportunity to play close to home was a big part of his decision and why UCLA was always a school he was interested in.

"My family is beyond excited," said Starks. "It's exciting to play close to home."

Starks' teammate, Marcus Moore, a defensive end, was also offered by UCLA on Thursday.

"I'm already working on Marcus to get him to go with me and ball out at UCLA," said Starks.

Starks is the No. 2 fullback nationally by Scout in the 2016 class.


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