Dillon Sterling-Cole knows that poise is an essential component of being a successful quarterback.
So when the Arizona State commit saw his primarily recruiter, position coach, and offensive coordinator Mike Norvell accept the head coaching position at Memphis one day after their in-home visit, Sterling-Cole didn't flinch.
"That's part of my job description (as quarterback)," Sterling-Cole said.
There were no stream of consciousness tweets or emotional public comments.
Rather, the four-star Scout300 quarterback at Westfield High School in Houston, Texas, spoke extensively with ASU coach Todd Graham, reflected on how he wanted to deliver his message and then did so in a resolute fashion.
"Yes sir, we spoke for a while, and it was very reassuring of what is still in store for me at ASU," Sterling-Cole said. "Coach Graham, I know, is a man of his word. From day one he had been that throughout this recruiting process and he hasn't changed a bit."
Sterling-Cole said Graham was reassuring of all the reasons he picked ASU to begin with, and that the offensive identify wouldn't deviate, nor will the program's interest in him at quarterback.
"Knowing that he will still be there and ASU as is school isn't going to change them, I'm all for what Sun Devil Nation has to offer," Sterling-Cole said.
Sterling-Cole lead Westfield to a 10-2 season and second-round showing in the UIL 6A Division II playoffs, where the team lost 28-21 to Lake Travis. On the year, Sterling-Cole completed 119 of 196 pass attempts for 2,507 yards with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
After initially picking ASU over a host of scholarship offers including Houston, Florida, MIssissippi State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington, Sterling-Cole said he remains solidly committed to the Sun Devils.
"To be honest with you I'm really chilling on this whole (coaching) situation," he said. "To me I'm happy for coach Norvell. The relationship we built is still as strong as it was before he left ASU I have nothing but respect and love for him."