“The experience was great,” Caden Sterns said. “I arrived around 3 pm with my mom and stepdad. We walked around the facility which was great. I talked and chatted with Tanner McCalister, Cameron Jones, and Anthony Cook. We keep in touch from time to time. I also learn from them getting pieces of knowledge from some of the elite DB’s in the country.”
Sterns will be a top target for numerous teams including LSU Tigers, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oklahoma Sooners, TCU Horned Frogs and Texas Longhorns to name a few. He spent lots of time with the Texas coaches on Saturday evening.
“The staff and I talked about everything really,” Sterns said. “Football, academics, and just casual talk. Talked about how they really wanted me. Coach [Vance] Bedford and I talked a lot of football, coverages, being a leader, and what makes you great and all the things that make you successful. Coach [Charlie] Strong talked about just different things. About what's going on in our society, treating women with respect and carrying yourself the right way. Which all those are very important because Coach Strong doesn't only want his players to succeed on the field but off as well. Being in school and just life. Coach Bedford and Coach Jennings also have that same mindset. They make you feel comfortable to talk about anything.”
The Texas offer is not something Sterns takes lightly.
“It's a great feeling,” Sterns said. “A huge offer for sure. You can't talk football without mentioning Texas. And being from Texas when you're younger, you grow up being a fan. My family is stoked. My family and I think Coach Strong is an awesome coach but also a great person. Like I said, he cares about all his players and didn't just talk football. He talked academics. You can tell he's a hard worker and is successful and can't do nothing but just listen to him and learn from what he says.”
The 2015/2016 Longhorns were out in full force Saturday night, and Sterns noticed.
“I was a little surprised but I kind of figured they would,” Sterns said. “I spoke to some. They gave me some good advice and tips after each rep or drill. Trying to learn as much as I can from the guys who are successful and who made it to the next level.”
Sterns and his family are very familiar with game day in Austin, and he plans to return.
“Oh yes sir, planning on it,” Sterns said. “I've been to a couple of games at UT with my brother playing at Oklahoma State and the environment is crazy at Texas during game day. Due to the fact, my brother plays at Oklahoma State.”
Inside the Numbers
Steele High School
Scout Overall Rank No 34
Position Rank No 2
Midland ATH Rank No 2
Texas ATH Rank No 2
Sterns older brother' -- Jordan Sterns -- was a high-level college recruit who no plays at Oklahoma State, so the family pedigree is strong. Caden is just beginning to fill out a frame that will easily hold around 200 pounds. He is a prospect who could play receiver or safety on the next level and be very good at both. On offense, he is a natural playmaker with above average attributes in all areas. On defense, he is an aggressive and bold defender who will make receivers fear catching the ball in his area of coverage. He can run and covers ground quickly. His skills as a receiver make him a threat to make a big play for the defense in 50-50 scenarios. - Greg Powers