Recruiters have certainly noticed his accomplishments. "I receive lots of letters, but I can't really say who is sending them. My dad looks at all my mail and once he gets those letters they disappear," Stearns said.
His father does keep Stearns well informed, especially about those schools that have offered scholarships. "I've received offers from UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, UNLV, San Diego State, San Jose State, Michigan, Michigan State, Hawaii, Colorado, Washington, Cal and Wisconsin."
As far as schools he is most interested in, Stearns didn't hesitate to name a few. "I'm very interested in Oregon, UCLA and Arizona." When it was noted that those are all west-coast, Pac-10 schools, Stearns added that he's not locked into staying in the west. "I would like to stay home, but I'm open to leave, too," he said.
Being accomplished on both sides of the ball, Stearns is getting recruited for both. "Both Oregon and UCLA are recruiting me at wide receiver. Arizona was the first school to recruit me at free safety. I'm more interested in playing offense, but I wouldn't mind playing some at cornerback or safety as well."
Stearns attended both the UCLA and USC one-day camps. "UCLA had offered me before the camp and USC has not offered me."
One thing that Stearns has done during the off-season is keep in touch with a former Serra football player. "I still talk to my old friend Eric (McNeil). He would like to see me go to UCLA with him, but he also said that he hopes I make a good choice wherever I want go."
Stearns scored a 790 on his most recent SAT. He carries a 3.1 GPA, which means he needs to score an 820 to qualify. He intends to retake the SAT in the fall.