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Gorman’s Nate Starks dismissed from school, won’t play for Gaels in 2013


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Nathan Starks of Bishop Gorman runs for a touchdown during the Sunset Regional semifinals against Palo Verde at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas on Friday, November 9, 2012.

Updated Monday, April 29, 2013 | 7:51 p.m.

Gorman RB Nathan Starks

Nathan Starks of Bishop Gorman runs with the ball during their game at Centennial High School in Las Vegas on Friday, October 19, 2012. Launch slideshow »

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Bishop Gorman rising senior running back Nate Starks was dismissed from school for violating school rules and won’t return, school officials said Monday.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Starks is Nevada’s top recruiting prospect for the class of 2014. He is a four-star recruit with scholarship offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Alabama, Oklahoma and USC.

Starks, who considers the nation’s No. 26 overall prospect, rushed for 1,821 yards and 27 touchdowns last year in helping Gorman win its fourth straight state championship.

On Twitter Tuesday morning, Starks wrote: "I screwed up. But that doesn't change the player I am or the person I've put myself out there to be. I just need another chance to prove it."

It’s unclear where he’ll play in 2013, but it won't be in Nevada, said Donnie Nelson, the assistant director for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. NIAA transfer rules dictate transfers from a private school such as Gorman sit out one year, regardless if the athlete is transferring to a public school or another private school.

Nelson said no exceptions are made for a hardship of being dismissed from school.

“The basic rule is you can’t leave one school and go to another to escape academic or citizenship issues,” Nelson said. “Anytime you transfer schools, you are presumed ineligible for 180 school days or one year.”

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