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4-Star S Caden Sterns' Commitment Jumps Texas Longhorns to No. 11 in 2018 Team Rankings

4-star safety Caden Sterns' commitment flip from LSU to Texas boosts the Longhorns to No. 11 in 2018 team rankings.

The commitment of four-star safety Caden Sterns was a big step for the Texas Longhorns' 2018 recruiting class. 

First-year head coach Tom Herman's squad had been sitting around the No. 16 spot in team rankings for 2018, but that changed last evening when Sterns flipped his pledge from LSU to Texas.

The Longhorns jumped five teams and now sit just outside the Top 10 at No. 11 following Sterns' announcement. Of Herman and Co's eight verbal commits in 2018, six fall inside the Scout 300, with Sterns being the Longhorns' top-ranked prospect at No. 52 in the nation. 

Sunday's events wrapped up a solid month on the recruiting trail for Herman and his staff. Texas added seven verbal commitments to its 2018 recruiting class -- including five four-stars and two three-stars -- between April 7 and May 7. 

Following 2017 National Signing Day -- when the Longhorns ended with the nation's No. 28 ranked signing class -- some questioned how long it would take Herman to find recruiting success at Texas. 

Clearly, some of the questions have now been answered.

The events over the last month tell us that Herman's message is not only being well-received by many prospects, it's also powerful enough to make top national recruits want to commit to Texas ... before this staff even coaches a game in Austin.

How the Longhorns do in 2017 will almost certainly impact the direction of both committed and uncommitted Texas prospects, and obviously, winning will only help the Longhorns' recruiting efforts. 

But the fact several top-rated recruits want to get onboard before a Tom Herman-coached Texas team even takes the field is telling of where things could head under this staff. 

I feel confident saying the next several months will be very interesting for Texas fans to follow. 


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