Nathan Starks is arguably the top prospect in Nevada's 2014 class and he's proven to be worthy of that recognition even more the last few weeks.
The Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman athlete shined at the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7 in his hometown and again this past weekend at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 West Regional in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Starks, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound prospect, took advantage of his time near Los Angeles by going on unofficial visits to USC and UCLA as well. Both Pac-12 schools impressed him a lot.
"I really liked the visits," Starks said. "I really, really liked USC. The campus was nice and the coaches seemed like they knew what they were doing.
"I know Xavier Grimble so I talk to him a lot and I know he likes the campus and the school and the coaches. They seem like they'd really lead me in the right direction and let me play as long as I wanted to."
Starks has shined at safety in these latest two 7-on-7 tournaments but he's also a devastating running back.
Because Shaquille Powell was carrying the load at Bishop Gorman last season, Starks had to take a backseat but now it's his turn and he could emerge in a big way.
"The (USC) coaches asked me what I would want to play and I definitely told them running back," Starks said. "That's really what I want to play."
The trip across town to UCLA also went well. The Bruins have been involved with the Bishop Gorman standout for some time and after visiting Starks has a much better feel for the campus and its surroundings.
"It was a big campus and I liked everything there, too," Starks said. "We got a tour from a student so I didn't talk to a lot of coaches but I did talk to some and they said they'd like to see me come out more."