Three offers on the table for Starling

Football coaches will always tell you that a good pass rush makes their secondary look good. Hutchinson DE Thatcher Starling (6-4, 261) is a player that redshirted in 2007 due to transfer rules, but he's poised for a big 2008 season after an offseason of adding weight and watching film. He updated on his plans for this fall as well as what schools are looking his way...

Starling was a standout at Wellsville High School in Kansas, but because he was at a small school and because he was a non-qualifier, he decided to head to Fort Scott to play his college ball.

"When (Rion) Rhoades moved from Fort Scott, I decided to follow him here because he's such a good coach," Starling told between workouts on Tuesday. "I had to sit out last year because of the transfer rules, so this year I'm expecting big things."

As a freshman at Fort Scott, Thatcher was a menace from his strongside defensive end spot, posting 53 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles while being named Second Team All-KJCCC.

"He's a big, physical defensive end," Rhoades told earlier this month. "He's got great mental and physical toughness and he makes lots of plays in pursuit. He's a smart player."

"I play on the strongside, so I have to be a good run-stopper and a good pass-rusher," Starling said. "I think I'm pretty good at rushing the quarterback, but I've added strength and I think I've improved a lot against the run as well."

On the recruiting front, Starling is hearing from schools like Oklahoma State, UAB, Kansas State and Ohio and he has offers from Arizona, Western Michigan and Wyoming as well.

"Honestly, I'm not really worried about that stuff too much right now," Starling admitted. "I want to have a big sophomore year and then let things sorta fall where they may."

Starling is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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