Breaking Down Oklahoma State Signee Trey Sterling

Scout and take a closer look at Oklahoma State signee Trey Sterling, the No. 8 safety in the state of Texas ...

Signing Day Spotlight

Trey Sterling, 2017 S, Sunnyvale (Texas)

Size: 6-0, 184

Recruiting info: Sterling committed Nov. 21 to Oklahoma State, not longer after picking up his offer from the Cowboys. Sterling picked Oklahoma State over offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Navy, Texas State, and Army.

Rankings: Scout ranks Sterling as the No. 8 safety in the state of Texas' 2017 recruiting cycle, as well as the No. 74 safety nationally for the senior class.


2016: As a senior, Sterling starred on both sides of the ball for an 11-1 team in Texas' small-school Class 3A Division I. He ran for 2,085 yards and 32 touchdowns on 10.3 yards per carry. He also caught 21 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns to give him 2,383 yards from scrimmage and 36 offensive TD's. As a safety, Sterling recorded more than 60 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four interceptions, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and two defensive TD's. Sterling helped his Sunnyvale squad to an 11-1 record and second-round appearance in the Texas Class 3A Division I playoffs.

2015: Sterling's junior campaign saw him play extensively both ways, especially on defense, where he amassed a staggering 192 tackles, three tackles for loss, six interceptions, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 10 pass breakups, and three defensive touchdowns. On offense, he gained 528 yards from scrimmage and scored 10 total touchdowns. He ran for 427 yards and nine touchdowns, while catching six passes for 101 yards and one TD. Sterling also returned a punt for a TD to give a total of 14 scores across three phases. Sterling led Sunnyvale to a 12-2 record and a Texas Class 3A Division I state quarterfinal appearance.

Senior highlights

Evaluation notes

Trey Sterling is a versatile high school standout who put up huge numbers on both sides of the ball in Texas public small-school football.

While Sterling has excelled as a running back, he projects best to the college level as a safety, where he packs a punch as a hitter and can deliver the big blow in pass coverage or patrolling the alleys as a run-stopper.

With a 4.81-second laser-timed 40, Sterling is not a top-end burner, but he plays faster than he tests, and he also has very good vertical leaping ability as he's been tested at more than 36 inches. Sterling also has a solid pro agility time at 4.31.

He's a ballhawk with good instincts that are evident in his high school roles as a running back and safety. Sterling is a consistently good tackler who flashes the ability to combine wrap-and-tackle fundamentals with close-quarters explosion for big hits that also make sure the ball-carrier goes to the ground.

Sterling's experience as a high-volume, high-production running back help him in his ball skills on the defensive side of the ball. He's an instinctive prospect who is a good football player, to put it simply. Sterling may not be a first-year contributor at the P5 level, but he's definitely anFBS-caliber prospect with upside as he will get to devote all of his time to one position. - Gabe Brooks, Scout regional analyst over Texas

  • Ball skills
  • Instincts
  • Tackling ability

Areas to Improve
  • Backpedal quickness
  • Recovery ability

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