Texas, if you haven’t noticed, has been on fire on the recruiting trail. They have come from behind to win multiple recruiting battles against Oklahoma as it is becoming obvious that Tom Herman is starting to get comfortable in Austin. The true sign of a good recruiter isn’t just winning the battles they were already in. The true sign of a good recruiter is winning the battles they weren’t in, and Tom Herman did that late last night, as he flipped former LSU commit Caden Sterns to the surprise of pretty much everyone.
— C.Sterns (@lil_STERNS2) May 8, 2017
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Sterns is the eighth recruit to join the 2018 Texas recruiting class, a class that now sits at first in the conference and 13th in the nation, according to our composite rankings. He’s the fourth consensus four-star commit, and the first defensive back. Sterns picked the Longhorns over Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Michigan, TCU, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, and obviously, LSU.
The rumors of Sterns flipping to Texas started yesterday afternoon following his visit to Austin, and really picked up steam as the night continued on. He ultimately pulled the trigger late last night. Texas has become known for rolling out the red carpet on visits under coach Herman. It is a strategy Herman picked up from urban Meyer, and frequently when Texas lands a top recruit, it can largely be attributed to an excellent visit to Austin.
Sterns has bought into the possibility bringing Texas back to contending, and the chance to play early. And according to Andrew King, he may be looking to enroll early.
— Andrew King (@Andrew_TFB) May 8, 2017
On the field, Caden Sterns is an absolute stud. He’s got great size for a safety, at 6-foot-1, and he pairs it with impressive athleticism and great instincts. He’s a natural safety, and it shows in his play. He plays downhill, and can both stop the run and the pass, though I’d say he’s better in the passing game right now. He needs to work on his footwork, but he could very possibly start as a freshman at Texas. His ceiling comparison is to that of Falcons safety Keanu Neal.