Sterns Snags First Big 12 Offer

Cibolo Steele HS safety Jordan Sterns headed into Lubbock over the weekend for Junior Day and walked out with his first major offer, as the Texas Tech Red Raiders pulled the trigger on the 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety.

"Yeah, that was pretty exciting," Sterns said. "They called me into the coaches' office, brought me and my family back there and they just told me I have a spot here if I wanted to take it. And I sat down with the defensive backs coach [Coach John Lovett] for about an hour and a half and just talked about what they do and what they would expect from me if I came up here."

The coaching staff, especially Lovett, drew a good impression on Sterns.

Particularly Lovett's style stood out.

"He seemed like a cool guy, like a coach that could get after your butt, [let you] know that your doing anything wrong," Sterns said. "He's gonna coach you up, and, you know, he's gonna be your friend, but he's also gonna be your coach when you do something wrong. He's gonna be in your ear yelling at you and letting you know how it is."

In addition to that, the campus and facilities all caught his attention as well.

"I really liked their weight room," Sterns said. "It was huge, but I liked their weight room and then I also liked their stadium. Their stadium was real nice."

Jones AT&T Stadium, as it is called, served host to Sterns and the many Junior Day prospects over the weekend.

But prior to that, Sterns took a trip to Oklahoma.

And although the Sooners did not yet extend an offer, he enjoyed that visit every bit as well.

"It went real good, you know," Sterns said. "I didn't think it would be that nice, like on campus, so it really shocked me, me and my family. We liked it a lot."

At OU, the day started off with the players watching a highlight tape the coaching staff put together for them, before they got to check out Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and the press box.

After that, Sterns said they got a full tour of the locker rooms and training facilities, prior to ending the day by watching film with the coaches, including head coach Bob Stoops, defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright, and the guy he spent the most time with, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

"Oh yeah, he was coaching me up as soon as he started watching film," Sterns said. "You know, that's something that me and my family liked. My dad was very impressed with that. So was my step dad and mom."

The same types of things that impressed him on his Tech visit stood out a week earlier in Norman.

"Oh yeah, they [facilities] were real nice," Sterns said. "The indoor facility was nice. The weight room facility was nice. It wasn't the biggest weight room, but it was nice. I really liked it and enjoyed it."

One thing stood out just a little more than the rest, though.

"Definitely the stadium," Sterns said. "It had me in awe because of how big it was. You know we walked down there, and I liked how it was kinda with the stands it was like a coliseum or something like that. You know what I'm talking about? So, it had me [in awe]. That would be cool playing in front of all those people.

"Then, they played the big ‘ole highlight tape on the screen in the jumbotron in the stadium. You know, it was pretty cool. It got real loud."

During both visits, he got some mentorship.

"At OU, I didn't really meet them, but they had them come talk to us. Kenny Stills and Landry Jones, the quarterback," Sterns said. "I think [Tony Jefferson] was in there. I really was just paying attention to Kenny Stills because everybody always talks about him and Landry Jones. But they were just trying to tell us about how it is at OU. They were real cool.

"You know, speaking to us, letting us know why they came up there, why they chose it and [the decision] about OU when they went to school. And Tech, I met one of the defensive backs there. They had a couple of players talk to us."

Sterns, who posted pics of himself looking visibly pleased wearing a Tech jersey Saturday during his visit, also did the same at OU, and enjoyed that one as well.

"Oh yeah, that was cool," Sterns said. "You know, they have our numbers out and we got to put them on, put our helmets on, try the gloves out and it fit real good, too. I really liked it."

He figures to have more offers roll his way soon and currently has the Tech offer along with one from UTSA, but also lists interest in schools like OU, Nebraska, TCU and Texas A&M.

Stay tuned to and Sooners Illustrated for the latest on his recruitment.

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