When Caden Sterns of Cibolo Steele committed to LSU back in November, there was a mild panic among Texas fans, because Sterns is a Scout Top 100 player (No. 52) and the No. 2 safety in the state of Texas - behind B.J. Foster of Angleton (Scout's No. 19 prospect in the 2018 class).
Now, with Sterns' decision to de-commit from LSU Sunday night and commit to Texas - after an unofficial visit to UT this weekend - it appears Texas has a chance to land to both Sterns and Foster in what would be a blockbuster safety haul for 2018.
But first things first, here's the breakdown on Sterns:
At 6-foot-1, 183 pounds, Sterns' highlight reel is full of ball-hawk safety plays that showcase incredible ball skills and ability to turn any INT into a pick-six. Sterns has seven INTs the past two seasons at Cibolo Steele, including four as a junior with 175 INT return yards, an average of nearly 44 yards per INT return.
But Caden is the younger brother of Jordan Sterns, a talented, hard-hitting former Oklahoma State safety. And Caden isn't afraid to put his face on a ball carrier or receiver coming across the middle to deliver a big hit. He'll easily grow to 200 pounds, providing even more wallop on those hits.
BOTTOM LINE: There is a lot of reason to be excited about the safety position in the Longhorns' 2018 class thanks to Stern's flip from LSU to UT Sunday night. But don't think for a second that Texas is done yet at the safety position.