Rising Starr

NORCO, Calif.- Linebacker Scott Starr of Norco High is one of the best-kept secrets on the west coast.

Linebacker Scott Starr had 114 tackles last season.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is an athletic, tackling machine that has a high motor and plays and acts like he loves the game of football. It’s evident when you meet him for the first time that first and foremost, he’s not going to be outworked.

“I bring hard work and everything you want to see in a player,” he said. “You have to go out on the field and set an example. You can’t just go out on the field and yell. A lot of kids in high school like to miss reps when we are lifting weights. I try to do every set, every rep. I am just always trying to go harder than everybody else because I know there could be somebody out there working harder than me and I want to out-work my competition.”

Those aren’t idle words coming out of his mouth. He answered questions for this interview between reps during his daily after school workout in the Norco weight room.

Starr had 114 tackles last season, his first at Norco. Though he was born in the area, he started his high school career at Desert Oasis in Las Vegas.

“It was a major transition from Vegas ball,” Starr said. “I was born here. I grew up watching players like Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright (both players played a half hour away from Norco in Colton, Calif. and ended up playing for USC), so I’ve always known that SoCal is an elite football area. I just wanted to come out here and play.”

UCLA, Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State already have offered the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder.

“They are all great schools,” Starr said. “Everything is equal right now (among the schools that have offered). I just want to wait.”

The one school that could probably change that if it offered is USC. The Trojans have long been his dream school and he may remind some of former USC ‘backer Brian Cushing and current Trojan Chris Galippo. 

Last weekend, Starr made the hour drive to downtown Los Angeles for junior day at USC.

“It was just surreal,” he said. “My family and I have always been USC fans. I’ve had to calm down on USC a little bit now that I might not go to USC. It was just surreal being able to go there and talk to the coaches and get some of their knowledge.”

Starr plans to camp at USC on June 12 for the Trojans Skills Camp and hopes to earn an offer either then or before that. 

There are certain things he feels strongly about heading into the teeth of the recruiting process, one of which is playing time.

“I don’t want to sound greedy, but I want to play early,” he said. “I want to contribute to my team. I don’t want to be one of those guys that come out of high school, go to a college and then get washed up. I just want to be able to make an impact for my team right away.”

Starr, who has a current bench press max of 315 pounds, says that most schools are recruiting him as an inside linebacker, but he’s not ruling out playing another spot in college.

“I think this year I am going to surprise a lot of people with my speed,” Starr said.

Starr was an All-State and All-Conference selection as a junior. He is a possible Top247 selection when 247Sports releases its first set of Class of 2012 rankings this spring.

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