Clemson has identified the linebacker position as one of the biggest needs for its 2019 recruiting class, with several current scholarship linebackers set to graduate following the 2018 season.
One linebacker prospect the Tigers would love to bring on board is Marrero (La.) John Ehret four-star Donte Starks.
Starks is ranked as the No. 1 linebacker in the state of Louisiana and a top-100 overall prospect in the 2019 class according to multiple major recruiting services. He holds over 30 scholarship offers, with the likes of LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee comprising his list.
Clemson entered the mix for Starks’ services in January, extending an offer to the 6-foot-1, 210-pound standout.
“It was a great feeling,” Starks said of getting the offer. “Clemson is a championship program, so that was cool to know that they’re interested in me.”
With the offer in his pocket, Starks wants to visit Clemson and see for himself what the Tigers have to offer.
“To be honest, I only know about what I see on TV and read about them on the internet,” Starks said. “I’m looking forward to visiting them soon so I can get a feel of the atmosphere and really tour the campus and see their football program firsthand.”
Starks is aiming to check out Clemson in the spring.
“I’m shooting to catch a spring practice,” he said.
Starks recently got in touch again with Clemson defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables.
“Our relationship is building,” Starks said.
Starks made his most recent visit to Auburn two weekends ago after going to LSU in late January.
As a junior in 2017, Starks recorded 82 tackles including 13 for loss.