The West's top fullback thought he might have to wait until UCLA's Elite Camp in June to get an offer from the Bruins.
But the Bruins offered him on Thursday and before the night was done, the No. 2 fullback in the country chose the hometown Bruins.
Starks said that UCLA was his dream school and saw no point in waiting and he gives UCLA a big back that running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu covets.
The three-star was on the cusp of more offers but a UCLA offer was always going to be tough to beat, and sure enough, the Bruin offer landed UCLA his commitment almost immediately.
Troy Cassidy - LB - Carlsbad (Calif.)
Two years ago, Carlsbad (Calif.) was home to one of the region's top linebackers in Jordan Perez, who ended up signing with Stanford. The Lancers have another talented 'backer in Troy Cassidy who has quietly amassed over double digit scholarship offers.
Cassidy is a big kid, about 6-3.5, 210 pounds with the frame to easily pack on another 25 pounds or so without even trying. He's a good athlete, also one of the area's top volleyball players and shows the ability to play in space and run down plays from behind.
Scholarship offers have come in from most of the Pac 12 including Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State plus schools like Boise State, Nevada and San Diego State. Notre Dame andOregon are showing strong interest and he'll camp with Stanford and USC.
The feeling is Boise State, San Diego State and Washington are the early leaders but if either the Ducks or Cardinal offer, they could be tough to turn down.
Matthew Gutwald - OL - Dublin (Calif.)
Dublin doesn't put out a lot of college talent but a lot of schools have made their way to the East Bay school this spring to check in on Gutwald.
Early last week, his biggest offer was from San Jose State.
And Gutwald might not be done, with both the Bay Area schools keeping an eye on him and Stanford having him on campus for their Junior Day in mid-May.
Tristan Gebbia - QB - Calabasas (Calif.) - 2017
Gebbia is one of the top quarterbacks in the West regardless of class already, but this week, a pair of Top 25 teams joined the mix for him.
Arizona State got it started, giving Gebbia his second Pac-12 offer.
Then on Thursday, national power Alabama extended an offer for Gebbia.
Calabasas was a frequent stop for schools this spring, largely for coaches to see Gebbia throw, with UCLA, California, Boise State, Arizona and Notre Dame among those schools and Washington State also offered during the eval period, kicking off the stretch run when the Sun Devils and Tide offered.
Marcus Moore - DE - Encino (Calif.) Crespi
We originally had Encino (Calif.) Crespi fullback Jalen Starks slated for this spot after landing an offer from UCLA Thursday but he went ahead and committed last night. We thought he might commit early but didn't know it would be that early.
So instead of going with Moore, we'll put his teammate Marcus Moore here instead. Moore, one of the top defensive ends in the region, was also offered on Thursday and the feeling is UCLA will be very tough to beat for his services.
Moore is a tough, physical lineman who moves all over the defensive line at Crespi and even plays some linebacker but projects as an end at the next level. He's quick off the ball, very powerful with his hands, has a non-stop motor and plays with an edge to him.
Miami and Washington State have also offered Moore and are under consideration but UCLA is a heavy leader right now and it seems like more of a matter of when, not if, he jumps on the offer from the Bruins.