The quarterback, who UCLA offered in spring, named a top seven at the beginning of June that included Arizona State, Houston, Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Boise State, and UCLA, and now he's likely going to trim that to a top five coming up shortly.
"I want to have a top five by the end of next week," Sterling-Cole said. "Right now, the schools talking to me the most are Arizona State, Mississippi State, Florida, UCLA, Texas A&M, and Houston, so I'm probably going to have to cut one of those."
Sterling-Cole said the Bruins have been on him pretty consistently since the offer, and despite fellow quarterback Matt Lynch's commitment to UCLA, he's still interested in UCLA.
"They've been talking to me for a while, and they've told me they need two quarterbacks in this class," Sterling-Cole said. "They've been pushing me to commit, but I want to wait and see."
No matter where he goes, Sterling-Cole isn't particularly worried about competition.
"There's going to be competition everywhere," Sterling-Cole said. "If a school is bringing in another quarterback in the class, that's just one more guy to compete against. It doesn't faze me."
Sterling-Cole has taken unofficial visits to a number of schools, including Arizona State and Florida, and those two schools, from what we heard at The Opening, might be the informal leaders for him at the moment. Interestingly, he did say that those were the two schools he knew for sure he wanted to officially visit.
"I really liked the vibe at both schools when I went for unofficials," Sterling-Cole said. "And I have great relationships with both of those coaching staffs."
As for possible unofficial visits over the remainder of the summer, Sterling-Cole only had one in mind.
"I want to try to get out to Mississippi State," Sterling-Cole said. "I'm going to talk about it with my family when we get home and see if that will work."