June 6, 2011

Starts talks about commitment

Waco (Texas) La Vega standout and Texas Tech defensive end commit Michael Starts isn't one of those guys to give his verbal and then disappear for an extended period of time.

Just three days after committing to the Red Raiders, Starts and his father, Willie Starts, made the trek from Waco to Tech's Rockwall, Texas, camp to see head coach Tommy Tuberville and crew in action. Starts didn't participate in the camp's drills but he talked to several of Tech's coaches during their free moments and spoke with now-fellow Red Raider commit Kris Williams and several other potential targets Sunday.

"I was telling them that Tech is a good school," Starts said. "It's a good place and you won't be making a mistake if you do go there. Hopefully we can get them to come too... There weren't too many questions. They just wanted to ask me what I thought about Tech and I told them I thought Tech was a pretty good school."

Starts is definitely feeling good about his decision. He said not only is he happy with the university but also a lot of pressure is off of him.

"There's a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders," Starts said. "All I've got to do is focus on one school and not where I want to go or whatever. All I've got to do is sit back, relax, have a good season with my football team and come up to Tech. (Everyone) is proud of me. I got a lot of congrats and everybody is happy for me because I'm moving out of Waco and going somewhere."

The tricky aspect of Starts' transition from La Vega High to Tech will be his transition from offensive tackle to defensive end, but it might not be such a challenge after all. Maybe even natural.

"Ever since I was little I was playing outside linebacker and defensive end," Starts said. "I've always been on defense but when I came to high school I got moved to tight end but I still played a little d-end and offensive tackle. I think it would be a good thing for me to go to defensive end to play college ball because I know I'm good at it. I'll make a big impact on the football team."

Of course there are things Starts knows he will have to do this summer to make himself the best possible player he can be for Tech, especially since he will play a full season out of position.

"I'm going to work on my speed, hand placement, agility and mobility so I can move around quicker than everyone else," Starts said.

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