What about Oklahoma State first caught your eye?
Sterns: It’s a winning program. Coach (Mike) Gundy has done a great job with the program. And those uniforms? I love them. Not that that’s the main reason … Coach (Van) Malone told me how it is. I’m going to have to work to get a job. I like the fact that coach Malone was real with me. I have to work. He’s not guaranteeing me anything.
What was your deciding factor in committing to the Cowboys?
Sterns: I have a whole bunch of family that I’m pretty close with in Oklahoma. And coach Malone kept my mom involved in the recruiting process. She’s a big part of my life. And the fact that he wanted to talk to her, that made me happy. That’s just the kind of school Oklahoma State is.
What are three words or phrases that describe you as a person?
Sterns: Strong character, personality and determined.
What are three words or phrases that describe you as a football player?
Sterns: Athletic, strong work ethic and determined.
What is your favorite thing to do on the football field?
Sterns: I just love to hit. You can get a big hit and change momentum in the game. Just from that one hit.
What is your favorite thing to do off the football field?
Sterns: I like to go play basketball with my friends. I like to work out, I enjoy it. I like coaching up my little brother. I want him to be better than me. I help coach his basketball team.
If you don’t go on to play in the NFL, what would you like to do?
Sterns: A couple things. I could potentially join the Air Force. I talked about studying physical therapy, being a physical therapist. Also, without a doubt, being a graduate assistant so I can work my way up in a program. Potentially, I could be a position coach for a big-time school, or even a head coach.
What are you most looking forward to in terms of playing for Oklahoma State?
Sterns: I’m looking forward to playing for coach Malone and coach Gundy. I’m looking forward to playing in that atmosphere. I’ve been to a lot of college games, but when I was at the Texas game, those paddle people slapping the mat was crazy. It gets really loud. And they don’t have 90,000 people, they have 50,000. They stand up the whole game, screaming and chanting.
What do you feel will be your biggest challenge in moving from high school to college?
Sterns: The competition is going to be a lot different. It’s not going to be that I’m the only person on the football team going to a big school. It’s going to be a whole bunch of athletic dudes that obviously were doing the right thing playing high school football. The way I’m going to have to get the edge on them is doing the mental part of the game right and watching a lot of film.
Who is the one player on Oklahoma State’s roster, or in your recruiting class, that you are most excited to be teammates with next season?
Sterns: D Lowe (safety Daytawion Lowe). He just seemed like a great leader. Coach Malone tells me he’s the first person in the meeting room and the last to leave. He said he’s going to coach me up and stay on my butt. I talked to him on my official, and he seemed like a dude to look up to.