Donte Starks, top LB target from Louisiana, says he can see himself leaving state for college

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers  football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Thursday, and SEC Country gives the latest on an out-of-state linebacker from Louisiana .

Louisiana LB says he can see himself leaving the state

Donte Starks is, and will continue to be, one of Auburn’s top linebacker targets.

The nation’s No. 4 inside linebacker attended the Tigers’ first junior day of the year in January. He said he plans to return to Auburn on March 24 and also expects to make trips to Texas A&M on March 29 and Florida on April 12-13.

Starks’ interest in Auburn is primarily attributed to — stop me if you’ve heard this before — his relationship with linebackers coach Travis Williams.

“Auburn is looking for a linebacker to come in and play immediately for the Class of 2019. They’ll need depth,” Starks told SEC Country. “I went up there for their junior day, and Coach Travis Williams showed me and my family a real good time.”

The obvious team to watch here: LSU.

Starks is the seventh-ranked prospect from Louisiana and a top target for Ed Orgeron and Co. Auburn is well aware of LSU’s strong position in this recruitment, but the Tigers must feel Starks is more open than many believe, which is somewhat corroborated by his interest in taking visits elsewhere.

The one concern with Auburn, according to a few people close to Starks, is the drive for family to come see him play. Some of that was put to rest at the first junior day, however.

Starks hasn’t publicly narrowed his options yet, but it’s something he has done privately. He said he expects to take these upcoming visits, then feel more comfortable making a public announcement about his favorites.

“I have a top 10 that I’m focusing on. I just never released it publicly, so be looking for that soon,” Starks said. “I can see myself leaving the state if another school has everything to offer that I’m looking for. I have to make my decision that’s best for me. ”

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