Standout free safety Trey Sterling of Sunnyvale, Texas wasted no time after getting an offer from Oklahoma State. He told Go Pokes that he called OSU assistant coach Tim Duffie this morning and committed to the Cowboys.
Duffie had been in attendance on Friday night to watch Sterling, who was a standout two-way player for the Raiders this season as they went 11-1 losing only that second-round playoff game on Friday night to Farmersville 45-35.
"It was a good game the first half, but we didn't play nearly as well as we could in the second half," said Sterling, obviously disappointed his senior season is over but fired up over his commitment. "The offer from Oklahoma State was the golden egg and you don't pass that up.
"I had visited Oklahoma State for the Texas Tech game and I went in with a mental checklist and I checked everything off. The fans were great, the campus was beautiful and it is close enough so my parents can come up to the games but far enough that I can have some privacy. The coaches were all polite and you could tell that they care about the players and care about you. Everything was perfect."
I'd seen various heights and weights on Sterling but he confirmed for me he is 6-0, 190 pounds.
"I've played basketball in the past but I think I may skip it and work on getting bigger. There are real men playing up at that level," Sterling added.
Going into the game last Friday with Farmersville, Sterling, who plays both ways had 63 tackles on defense with 40 of those unassisted. He also had four interceptions, five fumbles caused, and four fumbles recovered. On offense Sterling had 181 carries for 1,909 yards with 29 touchdowns. You can add 16 receptions for 254 yards and four more touchdowns.
"I want to play free safety and that is what Oklahoma State has told me that I will play," Sterling said. "We lost three running backs in the senior class last season and I had played there some, but this year the coaches wanted me to be there a lot more."
He posted huge numbers and was productive on both sides, but he admits that he plays the game with more of a defensive mentality.
As a junior, Sterling was more focused on defense and only getting spot duty on offense. He finished the 2015 season with 192 tackles, 118 of those unassisted. He also had six interceptions and he also caused five fumbles but he only recovered two of those.
Schools ranging from Texas, Texas Tech, North Texas and Army have shown interest in Sterling. His actual offers at this point were from Colorado State, Arkansas State, Texas State, Dartmouth, Army, and Navy. He is an excellent student that in Class 3A was overlooked as when you look at his video you can project a player that will excel at the Division I level.
"My dad and I got out the information and we were looking at majors that Oklahoma State has to offer," Sterling said when asked if he knew what he wanted to study in college. "I'm not sure, but I'm thinking something along the line of architectural design, computer technology or design, or computer engineering."
Unsung and underrated, but I like a lot about Sterling as the Cowboys 18th verbal commitment in the 2017 class.