Nathan Starks could easily slow-play this process. He could keep his favorites a secret and soak up the wide-ranging love. The Las Vegas Bishop Gorman running back is, after all, the No. 26 overall player in the country, a high four-star with five-star potential. Schools all over America are interested. There's no shortage of opportunity. It's the recipe for playing things close to the vest.
But on top of being one of the premiere prospects in the class of 2014, Starks is also a guy who knows what he wants. So he thinks, anyway. It's why he doesn't have a problem naming a list of early favorites.
"Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC," Starks said, cutting to the chase on Tuesday. "That's my top right now."
USC, of course, has not made an official scholarship offer as of yet, but the Trojans seems close. Starks does carry invites from both OU and Notre Dame, though. And as he breaks down the reasons each school is near the top of his list, he seems confident.
"I'd like to get out and visit all of three of them a lot," he said. "They are potentially the schools I'll go to. They're the schools I want to see and want to get to know. I know a little bit about all of them already."
Notre Dame assistant Tony Alford is handling Starks' recruitment for Notre Dame. Starks is hesitant to name a lead recruiter for USC at this time because actual contact with the Trojans' staff has been limited. Instead, USC has been dealing mostly with his coaches to this point.
Starks has plans to visit Notre Dame in April. He also thinks he'll take an unofficial to USC sometime in the near future, though, no date has been nailed down. Then, there's another trip on the docket - an unexpected one.
"I'm going to take a visit to Arizona with my last year's quarterback, Anu [Solomon]. He's going there and I want to see the new stuff and see what Arizona is all about."
Starks was a driving force behind Gorman's, 13-1 season. As a junior, he rushed for 1,821 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also caught 11 balls for 228 yards and three scores. The one pass he threw a year ago was a 48-uyard completion.