DeKalb – The 2018 DeKalb Recruits awards have been handed out and among them was Southwest DeKalb product Jamel Starks.

Starks has been all over the field for the Panthers this year. From the offense to the defense, Starks was a force for the 10-0 Panthers. He dedicated his season to the motto “Do it for Chris Starks”.

We caught up with the 2018 ATH of the Year to talk about the season and more.

ReporterDarius: Care to tell me about the season from your eyes?

Jamel Starks: The season was great we went 10-0 but we fell short in the first round due to the little things we didn’t do right. But God has a different plan and it was a memorable season with my boys. I wouldn’t trade it for nothing in the world.

RD: How did you do offensively? Defensively?

JS: I finished as region defensive player of the year and I had 10 touchdowns this year offensively but I haven’t totally got my stats yet. 

RD: Being a multiple position athlete, where did you see yourself improve from last year to this?

JS: I saw myself improving with my leadership and my understanding of the game.

RD: How is the college recruitment process been for you? What have you learned that you wished you know when you were younger?

JS: It’s going pretty good and I’m still deciding and putting it in God’s hands. I’ve learned that staying on top of your grades is the most important thing.

RD: Having 10 offensive touchdowns is not easy considering the competition level. How did you do it?

JS: My line along with my other teammates.

RD: You were named ATH of the Year by Dekalb Recruits. How does that honor feel for you?

JS: I’m blessed, nothing but God himself.

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Written by Darius

Darius Goodman is an alumni of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County and a former piccolo/flute player for the MLK Marching Lions. Upon high school graduation in 2011, Goodman attended South Carolina State University on a band scholarship up until 2015 when he completed his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication with a concetration in Journalism. Once finished with his degree, Goodman then joined Beyond the Flag a FanSided site. From there, Goodman started his career with the Henry Herald/Clayton News Daily in 2016. Within a few years, he attained a few awards: including company wide social media awards and a Georgia Press Association Sports Coverage award. Now, while balancing Henry County, Goodman is reaching out to DeKalb County.

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