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Somewhere along the line, Nathan Starks decide to back off the whole naming-a-favorite thing.
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The reasons behind the change in tune are anyone's guess. But the four-star running back that not so long ago publicly favored Oklahoma suddenly has two at the top. Does it mean much? Who knows? But his tone is dramatically different than it was just a few months ago.
Florida State has joined the Sooners at the forefront of Starks' recruitment. And with the Seminoles preparing to play for a national title, there could be something to this. Oklahoma remains the first school Starks mentions when he begins to discuss his plans, but OU is no longer the lone cook in the kitchen.
That much is clear.
"Florida State has kind of shown me love since the very beginning," Starks said. "I'm really open-minded about where I want to go right now. I don't really have a favorite. I just want to know what my options are. Oklahoma and Florida State are the two main schools that are on me the hardest. I'm hoping to hear from some other schools in the next few weeks or month."
If FSU is serious about signing Starks, it may have some work left to do. The Cherry Creek (Co.) High School star only has one planned visit at the time being, and it will go to Oklahoma at a yet-to-be-set date in January. The Sooners are further along in the process than anyone else. The relationship is as strong as it is old.
"I've been talking to Coach (Cale) Gundy a lot lately," Starks said. "He is going to come see me. He was supposed to come this last weekend, but didn't make it out. He's going to come out soon."
A four-star prospect, Starks is ranked as the No. 17 running back in America and the No. 188 overall player in his class. He transferred to Colorado's Cherry Creek after being dismissed from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School in the offseason.
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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