have little conversations with him and try to become his friend first so if you do start dating him it wont be awkward cause you already found common interests. but dont worry about trying to date someone till highschool. (im a freshman :D)
start first by being friendly and trying to talk to him whenever u can. Then when u become good friends, try to turn that friendship into likeness. also if u become friends with the guy, u will get a better chance to know and maybe even find out that u dont like him or the u DEFIANTLY like him. have fun!