Chicago star to camp at Army

Dakota Starks

Brooks College Preparatory Academy, known in the Chicago's south side area as Brooks, is where Army landed quarterback/athlete Ahmad Bradshaw in the last recruiting cycle. Dakota Starks caught the eye of the staff when they were recruiting Bradshaw last year. The 6-foot, 193-pound running back/receiver believes it's just a matter of time before he receives an offer from the coaching staff.

Chicago's south side area as Brooks, is where Army landed quarterback/athlete Ahmad Bradshaw in the last recruiting cycle. Dakota Starks caught the eye of the staff when they were recruiting Bradshaw last year. The 6-foot, 193-pound running back/receiver believes it's just a matter of time before he receives an offer from the coaching staff.

"I haven't received any offers yet," Starks told ArmySports.com, "but I'm in staying in touch with Coach Waugh, the receivers coach. I think they're close to offering. I know it's a program going through a lot of changes. Ahmad Bradshaw, my quarterback from last season, went there and I'd love to follow him to West Point. If they offer, they would definitely be one of my top choices. The next thing on the horizon is going up there for camp on July 30th."

Starks has shown his mettle this spring with impressive performances at the Chicagoland Showcase hosted by Northwestern. Tucker Waugh of Army was an instructor at the event. Starks also attended a National Underclassmen Combine in the Chicago area where he was awarded M.V.P. To go along with a solid junior season at Brooks, Starks is building quite a recruiting resume' to offer college coaches.

"I'm actually getting most of my recruiting attention at running back even though I mostly play wide receiver at my high school," he said. "Last season, I led the league in receptions and was named first team All-Conference. This year, even though we lost Ahmad, I think we're going to have a great season. I've added 15 pounds of muscle and I've been working on all of the little things to improve my game. The big thing for me this year is to step up and be a leader. We lost a lot of playmakers on offense, so I'm going to be our main scoring option."

Starks has also attracted the attention of Northern Illinois and several FCS programs. Right now, he's looking for his first offer, but Starks has a good idea of what he's hoping to find in a football program.

"I'd definitely like to go to a team that's winning," Starks said. "I love to win, hate to lose. I want to play for a great group of coaches who I can get to know on a personal level and have a good relationship with. Being in a family oriented program is important to me."

Brooks went 8-3 and 5-0 in the Heartland Conference in Illinois Class 4A. The Eagles are coached by James Brown and will play their first game August 30th against Kaneland.

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