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Monday, April 29, 2013
ESPN 150 Starks dismissed from school

By Erik McKinney

It looked as though 2013 would be smooth sailing for Nathan Starks (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman).

The four-star tailback is the No. 1 prospect in Nevada and the No. 142 player in the country, as well as the face of the state's powerhouse program with offers from schools such as Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and USC.

But on Monday, Starks was dismissed from Bishop Gorman for violating school rules. Starks' dismissal was first reported by the Las Vegas Sun, and head football coach Tony Sanchez confirmed the situation.

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

Sanchez said he spoke with Starks about the situation Monday and hopes the star tailback can get back on track, though it won't happen at Bishop Gorman. As a sophomore, Starks rushed for 1,821 yards and 27 touchdowns as the Gaels captured their fourth consecutive state title.

It is unclear at this point where Starks will enroll for his senior year or if he will be allowed to play football in the fall. It also brings into question how Starks will be received by college coaching staffs going forward. There certainly have been instances of off-the-field situations warranting a second chance. Most notably in recent memory, cornerback Yuri Wright was dismissed from Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep due to messages posted on his Twitter account. Wright eventually signed with Colorado in the 2012 recruiting class.