Alabama, Notre Dame Target Nathan Starks Dismissed from School

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 30, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Nathan Starks, a 4-star athlete according to 247Sports, has a very bright future as a football player, but his recruitment hit a major bump in the road recently—and that's being rather optimistic. 

According to a report from Ray Brewer of the Las Vegas Sun (h/t Erik McKinney/ESPN), Starks has been dismissed from Bishop Gorman High School for violating undisclosed school rules.

Bishop Gorman rising senior running back Nate Starks was dismissed from school for violating school rules and won’t return, school officials said Monday.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Starks is Nevada’s top recruiting prospect for the class of 2014. He is a four-star recruit with scholarship offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Alabama, Oklahoma and USC.

Brewer also reports that Starks won't be able to play in Nevada due to transfer rules:

It’s unclear where he’ll play in 2013, but it won't be in Nevada, said Donnie Nelson, the assistant director for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. NIAA transfer rules dictate transfers from a private school such as Gorman sit out one year, regardless if the athlete is transferring to a public school or another private school.

Nelson said no exceptions are made for a hardship of being dismissed from school.

McKinney of confirmed the report with Starks' high school coach, Tony Sanchez:

The only thing I can say is that due to a violation of school rules, he has been dismissed. It's unfortunate and a crazy deal.

Keep in mind that Starks can play high school ball outside of Nevada next year, so it's not as if his football career is over. It's going to be integral for him to find a high school to play at though, as it would be extremely tough for a program to take a chance on a recruit who didn't play his senior year in high school due to said recruit being dismissed from his original school.

Starks has a plethora of offers, according to 247Sports, and Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC are all listed as the top teams on his 247Sports interest list

He's ranked as the No. 5 athlete in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite, and he's listed as being able to play running back or safety. At 5'11'' and 200 pounds, he projects best as a running back though, especially considering his 4.46 40-yard time (247Sports).

Starks' recruitment process isn't done by any stretch of the imagination, but it's certainly up in the air. There's always room for second chances, and if he can find a new school outside of Nevada and have a big senior season, he'll be back on track.

Why he was dismissed from Bishop Gorman is still unclear, but that will be something that he presumably will have to clear up with coaches on the recruiting trail as well.

As it stands though, one of the best recruits in the nation has been dismissed from school, and there's only so many ways one can put a positive spin on that.

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