Sterling-Cole, a 6-foot-3, 190 pound four-star prospect and recent Scout300 addition, was the second quarterback to earn a coveted Elite-11 Finals invite, but sorting through the recruiting process hasn't come so easily.
At one point Sterling-Cole planned to announce his college decision at Nike's The Opening in early July, but now the Houston (Texas) Westfield High star has shelved those plans and told SunDevilSource.com he will likely take his full compliment of official visits in the fall.Arizona State is a school Sterling-Cole said will get one of his official visits, and it's due to the great unofficial trip he and his family took to Tempe on Tuesday of this week following his participation in the Elite-11 semi-finals in Los Angeles days earlier.
"I was blown away with everything that I saw and heard from the (ASU) coaches," Sterling-Cole said. "I thought that it was just desert out there but it wasn't at all. The campus is amazing, from the dorms to all the places surrounding the campus, it is easy to see how everything is convenient. I got to see the facilities and the construction that is being done, which were also nice to see. What really caught my attention is how they take care of their athletes when it comes to getting their education."
The No. 16 quarterback and No. 296 overall prospect in the country, Sterling-Cole is focused on seven schools: ASU, Boise State, Florida, Houston, Mississippi State, Texas A&M (where his father played), and UCLA. His plan in to further cut his list in the coming weeks, perhaps to as few as the five schools he will officially visit.
ASU has secured its position as a finalist and Sterling-Cole said his confidence in the program's coaches is the chief reason.
"Coach (Mike) Norvell is the real deal," he said of ASU's offensive coordinator. "Getting to be around him was cool and fun but when we talked about football we clicked instantly. Coach (Todd) Graham is no joke. He knows what he wants and he is going to put the best guy on the field no matter who he is and that's what excited me about him. He was really straightforward when we were talking, not just about football but everything. I see that my family really enjoyed speaking with the coaches too. At this point, I'm thinking that ASU is in the [running] for sure."