Scott Starr said he's learning a lot from Kelsey Young and Brent Walker and that's a good thing because the Norco, Calif., junior linebacker could be the next heavily recruited star from that high school.
"I have to keep working hard," Starr said after Norco beat Los Angeles Crenshaw, 25-21, last weekend. "They push us harder than any place I've ever been and this is just all hard work."
Starr is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker who was involved in multiple tackles in the Crenshaw win but the 2012 prospect said he's still not hearing from any schools. He has the talent and would like to play in the Pac-10 with Oregon, USC and UCLA being three early favorites.
"I'm not hearing anything right now," Starr said about his recruitment. "This was my debut. I came out here and played my hardest. I want to play college ball. That's my dream."
For Starr, playing in the Norco-Crenshaw game was invaluable to get a taste of what it will be like on the college level.
Young, a four-star running back who had almost 300 rushing yards and three touchdowns, is headed to Stanford and Walker, a three-star offensive lineman, is considered a strong UCLA lean. Crenshaw running back/defensive back De'Anthony Thomas, a five-star prospect, has committed to USC.
Being able to play in the game - and excel - is important for Starr, who finished with 102 tackles and nine sacks in his sophomore season. Trying to track down and tackle Thomas is a learning experience unto itself.
"This win is big for our community, we've been working all summer for this and I've been dreaming about this since I came to Norco," Starr said. "This is all hard work and not giving up. It's big. I can't even describe how I feel. This is just really big for our program. This is really exciting for our program.
"(Thomas) is a great player and he's going to do really well at USC. If he plays well and he gains weight he's going to be in the NFL someday. I'm honored that I played against him."