Sacred Heart lands a big football Starr from Norwalk
FAIRFIELD At six foot 5 and 305 pounds, Andrew Starr is hard to miss, but if you do somehow overlook him, you might notice his wardrobe.
While some people choose to dress conservatively, that wouldn't be Starr, the former McMahon football standout who signed a national letter of intent last week to play at Sacred Heart University.
After his football days are over, Starr wants to be a Nike designer and claimed he was wearing "crazy" purple and green shorts while doing a phone interview with The Hour.
"It's fun for me. I wear some weird stuff. I wear a lot of purple because purple's like one of my favorite colors."
Jermetrius Troy, the football coach at Holderness, calls Starr "quite the character."
"He's full of energy," nike in store coupons Troy said. "He's a fun guy. Everyone calls him Big Starr. He's just that guy who adds humor and flair to the room. You can see him from a mile away. He's like a fashionista."
Starr has a serious side, however, and is all business once he gets on the field. Albano said. "He was the anchor of our line for an 8 2 football team (in 2013). It's no secret that we run the ball so when you want to be a ground and pound type offense, you're going to have to put your trust in linemen and there was nobody better than Andrew."
Starr was recruited by Sacred Heart when he was at McMahon and was one of the top players on the Pioneers' board at offensive tackle.
"He's a big kid that moves real well and has a lot of athletic ability," Sacred Heart coach Mark Nofri said. "He's got great feet.
"I think the year at the PG school helped him academically and it helped him mature nike water shoes a little bit and grow into his body, but he's one of our top guys coming in right now."
Starr was only 17 when he graduated from McMahon as his birthday is on Nov. 9, which put him in the class of 2014 with students several months older.
"I remember one of the main reasons why Sacred Heart was after him is because they do run the spread offense with a lot screens and they need their linemen to be quick and be able to move on the run," Albano said. "Andrew fits their mold."
Starr's family felt he would be best served by attending a prep school for a year to sort of catch up chronologically.
"I needed to bump some test scores up as well," he said.
Prep school is a route that Starr's brother Jeff also followed coming out of McMahon.
Jeff Starr, who is 6 foot 4 and 330 pounds, spent a year at the Canterbury School in New Milford before moving on to the University of San Diego, where he will be a senior offensive lineman in the fall for the Toreros.
Inititally, Andrew Starr wanted to play on the West Coast to be close to his brother and made unofficial visits to San Diego and San Diego State.
However, he commited to Sacred Heart after making an official visit last month and will be continuing his football career virtually in his back yard.
"For him to go on and play Division I football is a great honor for him and his family and we know that he's going to make McMahon and everyone that knows Andrew real, real proud," Albano said.
"It's a great program and a great education. I think that has to be talked about as well."
Starr will be joining a program on the rise as the Pioneers have made back to back appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs while going 19 6 the last two seasons and will be seeking a third straight Northeast Conference championship.
"It's 15 minutes down the road from my house," said Starr, who also looked at the University of Connecticut. "It's a comfortable environment for me. nike shoes maroon I like the coaching staff. I like the players.
"I had a good time on my official visit. I like the campus. There's a lot of stuff to like about Sacred Heart. It was a good fit for me."
According to Troy, Starr constantly works at his craft and is one of the most talented linemen he's ever coached.
"I think he's an immediate impact type kid (at Sacred Heart)," Troy said. "I wouldn't be surprised if in three years he's a candidate to be a captain."
It's hard to imagine, given his size now, but Starr was barely 200 pounds when he entered McMahon as a freshman.
"I gained a lot of weight over the four years of high school," he said. "I reached sort of the maximum of what I'd like to be at. My playing weight, I'd like to be healthy and a lean 295, 300, 305."