First, in Cibolo Steele's victory over Austin High, the 2013 safety read a pass play, broke on the ball and beat the receiver to the spot. The tipped ball hung in the air before falling back into Sterns' arms for the interception. Later, on a run play, Sterns screamed up from his safety spot and laid a hit that could be heard from the stands.
Those are the kinds of plays that the 6-foot, 190-pound safety is capable of making, and the reasons he's getting early recruiting attention from Nebraska, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Iowa and Michigan. His teammate, 2012 quarterback Tommy Amrstrong, picked the Cornhuskers just a week ago. Could that have any effect on Sterns' decision?
"You never know," Sterns said, laughing. "Tommy is a great player, and I enjoy playing with him.
"It's really wherever you fit best," Sterns said. "It's wherever God takes me. I'm wide open and I'm just waiting for my choices to come in.
That Sterns is receiving that kind of attention isn't really a surprise. He's an excellent athlete and enjoys the physical part of the game. A year ago, he served as the blocking fullback for Texas running back Malcolm Brown, and he currently receives some carries within the Steele offense as well. He just switched to safety in the spring, and while he's a bit raw there, he shows the tools to be a high-level player there, likely either as a strong safety or a safety/linebacker hybrid that more college teams are using.
Last Friday, Sterns was a part of a Steele secondary that allowed five-star receiver Cayleb Jones just one catch for seven yards, with that catch coming on a wide receiver screen.
"We came in and we knew who we had to focus on: Cayleb Jones," Sterns said. "We wanted to get on him, hit him and make him quit early, and our physical play was how we got most of our picks."
Sterns said the Steele team is focused on defending its Class 5A State Championship, and that focus has led to an undefeated early record.
"We go to practice, and we really get after it and work hard," Sterns said. "We just have to keep working to be productive."