Sterns: Relationship With Coaches Was Key

You will hear more from safety Jordan Sterns as Fox Sports Next reporter Britton Lynn also caught up with Sterns and will be posting an interview with him along with fellow Cowboy commitment Vincent Taylor. We spoke with Sterns after a workout on Wednesday evening and started off asking the 5-11, 185-pound safety from Cibolo Steele what made him decide on making a commitment to Oklahoma State.

"It was the coaches, Coach (Van) Malone and the way he interacted with me and really with my family," said Sterns. "He interacted so well with my family that I think he talked more to my mom and dad than he did me.

"I could tell my mom was happy with the way Coach Malone was recruiting me. My mom is the one that raised me, and I owe her everything, and I want to make her happy."

Sterns had 66 tackles last season, including 21 unassisted and he also had three interceptions. He is a very aggressive player. On offense, he rushed for over 500 yards and scored seven touchdowns.

He said he informed Coach Van Malone first and then he called Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy.

"Coach Gundy was very excited," said Sterns. "I think he was more excited than I was, and that means a lot that a coach is that excited that I'm commiting. That was important."

Sterns said he has family close to Stillwater. Actually he said a lot of family.

"I don't know the name of the town," he said. "I will have to ask my mom but it is about 45 minutes from Stillwater. My grandpa is about two hours away in Wichita Falls (Texas)."

Sterns will have family cheering him on in the future, but in the meantime there is a standard to uphold at Steele, which has been a dynamo in Texas high school football in recent seasons.

Current Cowboys redshirt freshman linebacker Ryan Simmons, who played some last year but was able to get a medical redshirt, was a teammate of Sterns when Steele won a state championship over current OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh and his teammates at Denton Guyer in a game that was down to the wire.

So will Steele be good again this season? "We just wrapped up spring football last week," said Sterns. "In the spring game the starters only played a couple of series because the coaches wanted to look at all the young players. We have a lot of explosive young players that are really going to help this football team. We will be good again."

Again, to hear and see more of Sterns keep your eyes out later for an interview conducted by Britton Lynn, who will be talking with both Sterns and Vincent Taylor.

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