Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Speedy 2020 ATH Demick Starling Hoping To Hear More From Notre Dame

July 12, 2019

College Football is in a Dead Period until the last week of July, but it doesn’t mean programs are slowing down on the recruiting trail. Notre Dame and every other program in the nation continue to evaluate kids from all across the country. 

2020 East Nashville Magnet (Tenn.) athlete Demick Starling‍ is one of many prospects seeing an uptick in his recruitment and the Irish reached out to him earlier this week. 

“They recently contacted me,” the 6-foot, 170-pounder told Irish Sports Daily. “One of the defensive backs coaches was trying to get to know and asked for my transcript. 

“One of my coaches has told me everything about it. I’m excited they reached out.” 

Starling is flying under the radar as he had to sit out his sophomore season to a due transfer, but made waves on the track this spring despite a lack of experience. 

“This was my first track season in high school,” said Starling. “In the 400m, I finished with a 48.3 and won State. I got second in the 100m with a 10.74. I was third in the 200m with a 21.8.” 

The Nashville native backed the fast times up by running a 4.5 at Liberty’s camp in front of head coach Hugh Freeze. 

Most programs see Starling as an athlete who could end up at receiver or defensive back. 
“I have 11 offers right now,” stated Starling. “Toledo and Western Michigan are recruiting me as an athlete. I could play receiver or defensive back. Liberty is recruiting me specifically as a receiver. 

“I’m more comfortable playing receiver, but I’ll play whatever position the coach feels is the best for me. I just love the game. I will play receiver and cornerback this year.” 

Starling is hoping programs see his speed and he’s also done his part by getting out on a few unofficial visits. 

“I camped at Kentucky and Liberty,” Starling said. “Then I made visits to Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Western Michigan.” 

If Notre Dame decides to turn things up, Starling will be surrounded by pro-Notre Dame people as one of his mentors is a huge Notre Dame fan along and his trainer is the stepfather to former Irish receiver CJ Sanders.

“It would change a lot,” Starling said. “I really like Notre Dame. My trainer’s step-son went to Notre Dame a few years back. My dad and I used to watch them on TV a lot.”  

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