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Starnes checking on his options

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Three-star linebacker Jordan Starnes from Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly held two offers earlier in the spring, but things have changed. Now, the 6-foot-3, 224-pounder is looking around to check on all of his options.
"Last weekend I went to Georgia Tech on Friday and Wake Forest on Sunday," he said. "You know I was offered by Georgia Tech awhile back, but they are only taking one linebacker and they had someone commit.
They mentioned they may be able to work some numbers around and take another linebacker, but then they told me they couldn't. They mentioned they would stay in contact and maybe something would happen. They'd love to have me."
With Georgia Tech unable to hold the offer for him, Starnes discussed his status with Wake Forest.
"I did well at Wake Forest," he said. "They told me to call them back this week, but so far I've not been able to get in contact with them to see how I did and what we do from here."
A few other schools are also keeping a close eye on Starnes.
"I do know that Appalachian State is really, really, really interested, and NC State is still interested too, so we'll see," he said.
Along with the Georgia Tech offer, Starnes held a scholarship from North Carolina under their previous staff, but at this time he is unaware of an offer from the Tar Heels.
What are his options now?
"I'm hearing from NC State, Appalachian State and Wake Forest, that's really it," he said. "NC State wants to see a couple games of my senior season. They know I can read the run well, but they want to see me drop back in pass coverage. As far as Wake Forest, I had a good workout as I said and I'm just waiting to get back with them."
Starnes is claiming that one school is currently standing out.
"I think right now, honestly Appalachian State is my No. 1," he said.
"I'm from a really small town and the coaching staff is great. I like Coach Moore and how religious he is, his faith and Christianity. They are good people and good players as well. I just like it up there. I plan on making reservations for the Montana game and plan to watch them practice next month."
Appalachian State is a school that generally offers later in the process though.
"They offer late and I understand that," he said. "I know they kind of wait to see what bigger schools will do. Interestingly, they want me as a tight end, while Wake Forest, NC State and Georgia Tech are recruiting me at linebacker."
As he opens his options up, Starnes went in-depth on what he wants in a school.
"It's kind of frustrating that I've been talking to all these bigger schools and they don't have offers," he said. "I'd just like to have a program that has good academics, because that really plays a factor in my decision."
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