Arkansas State offered big 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end Gerald Sterling after the spring evaluation period. At the time, it was the first offer for Sterling, from Aliceville High School in Ala., but he has added to his list with strong performances at camps over the summer.
"I did great at camps this summer," said Gerald Sterling. "I went to Florida State, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Troy. I got an offer from Troy and Florida State told me they've very interested. I just have to get my grades up. I took two summer school class and made A's. If I keep working hard in the classroom and on the field I think I'll have more [offers] by the end of the season."
Sterling's other two offers are from Middle Tennessee and Alabama A&M. Although Sterling has yet to visit the Jonesboro campus, the Red Wolves staff is still recruiting the big, pass rusher from west Alabama and hope to get him on campus this fall.
"I talk to the [Arkansas State] defensive line coach," he said. "He told me he likes how I use what I got. He said they like my all-around game as a player, my explosiveness off the ball, the way I use my hands to get off my blockers, and how fast I can get to the quarterback.
"When they offered I said I was going to visit this summer, but I went to camps and a Nike combine in Mobile. I'm going to try and get up there for a game in the fall. I'm not really in a big rush to make a decision because I'm going to wait to see who else offers me and see how the visits go. I'm open, but if I had to say a leader for me right now it would be Florida State."
Aliceville plays in Alabama's 2A classification. The high school, located in Pickens County, has an enrollment of a little over 200 students. Sterling plays defensive end, tight end, H-Back, fullback, and wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets. They'll play on August 24th against Central-Tuscaloosa in a kickoff jamboree. Sterling says "loyalty shown by the coaching staff" will be the biggest factor in determining his college decision.