The nation’s No. 2 linebacker in the Class of 2019 is no longer a Louisiana resident.
Donte Starks, a 4-star inside linebacker and a top-100 prospect in next year’s recruiting class, is returning back to the state of Mississippi to continue his high school football career.
The decision comes just days after Starks’ high school football coach, Corey Lambert, was fired as the head coach of John Ehret (La.) High School in Marrero.
Starks transferred from St. Martin’s High School in Ocean Springs, Miss., midway through his sophomore year to Ehret. He had family in Marrero, La., which is where he was born.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound rising junior prospect had yet to play a game for the noted Class 5A Louisiana High School. Starks will not have an opportunity to do so, as he announced that he’ll transfer to Biloxi (Miss.) High School for his junior season.
The 4-star linebacker is an LSU lean. He visited for “Boys From the Boot” and returned last month ahead of the NCAA’s Dead Period. He has publicly named the Tigers as his leading school. New Orleans area recruiter Mickey Joseph is spearheading his recruitment.
Biloxi, Miss., is less than two hours outside of Louisiana and remains a hot bed for LSU recruiting. This move should not impact Starks’ recruitment or the Tigers’ chances with the prized linebacker target.