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As a Recruit
Malaki Starks can do a little bit of everything. In high school, he stars as a triple-option quarterback that plays both ways and a state champion in track. As a junior in track, he won the AAAA long jump title with a leap of 23 feet, 7 inches. Starks also has a personal best 100-meter time of 10.55 seconds. Starks plans on majoring in sports therapy in college. He lists basketball and fishing as his hobbies. His parents are Larry and Martisha, and his sister is Mariah.
Reminds Us Of
Like Landon Collins, Malaki Starks is an elite athlete who was a two-way star at the high school level before ultimately projecting to safety at the college level. Collins was the On3 Consensus’ No. 3 overall prospect in the 2012 cycle out of Geismar (La.) Dutchtown. The 6-foot, 210-pound Collins ran for over 1,200 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior while averaging 13.7 yards per carry. He was also a top sprinter with personal bests of 10.28 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.60 seconds in the 200 meters. Collins also won the SPARQ national championship at The Opening Finals with a 4.39 second 40-yard dash and 40.6 vertical. Starks was a dynamic option quarterback at Jefferson (Ga.) High, rushing for 1,537 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior. Like Collins, he was also a top sprinter at 6-foot-1, 208 pounds, posting bests of 10.55 seconds and 21.67 seconds in the 100 and 200 meters, respectively.