It's no secret to Utah fans that the recruitment of high school quarterbacks over the past 4 years has left something to be desired, as the Utes have seen their top targets stay close to home in the southwest or commit to divisional opponents in the PAC 12, and the 2015 class was no different, as Utah missed out on their only real QB target, Sam Darnold. With no quarterbacks taken in the 2015 class the Utes are looking to pick up 2 quarterbacks in 2016, and already have one in the fold with a commitment from local QB/LB Kahi Neves. The Utes are now shifting their focus to picking up that second piece to the puzzle, and that's where Dillon Sterling-Cole enters the equation. The Westfield HS quarterback is one of the fastest rising quarterbacks in the country, as he has picked up multiple P5 offers, as well as earning an invite to the Elite 11 Finals, which takes place during the prestigious 7 on 7 camp in Oregon this July, The Opening. "It's been exciting, and really a great experience not only for me but for my family as well."
Sterling-Cole really cemented himself as one of the nation's elite quarterbacks after an outstanding performance at the local Nike Combine, "I had a lot of fun out there competing with the best athletes in Texas. I started out rough, but picked it up not too long after. I started making the right throws and being precise and accurate with all my passes." The impressive performance earned himself an invite to the Elite 11 finals, which is something Sterling-Cole says he's really looking forward to. "I'm looking forward to meeting players that I've been hearing about and seeing do big things. Also I plan on perfecting my craft while being with the best coaches all over the country. I'm ready to compete with the best athletes."
As for his recruitment, Sterling Cole is currently up to 9 offers, with his major offers coming from Utah, Mississippi State, Boise State, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Texas A&M and Houston. Out of those 7 schools, Sterling-Cole doesn't have a list of favorites, but says several are recruiting him harder than the others. "Houston, Oklahoma State and Arizona State are currently standing out because they're recruiting me the hardest right now." As for Utah, Sterling-Cole says he maintains good contact with the coaches from Salt Lake City, "My recruitment with Utah has been decent so far. They're mostly checking up on me and I'm just trying to familiarize myself with their system see how I would make an impact on College Football if I went there." As usual with most recruits from the Lone Star state, safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Morgan Scalley is the lead recruiter, and Sterling-Cole has already built up a good relationship with him. "He's a cool coach. He's high spirited and knows a lot about the game. As of right now, I'd say my interest level in Utah is a 7 out of 10." One thing that may give Utah an edge over other schools though is a family connection in the form of a current starter for the Utes. "The first thing that stood out about Utah when they offered was that there is someone there right now that I'm close to, CB Justin Thomas." "Justin is my cousin, and I grew up watching him play at my old high school. We talk occasionally, but were both usually busy with football." With a lot of recruits, having family or friends at one of the schools that are recruiting them can be a big factor in their decision, and it's no different for Sterling-Cole, as he said that having Thomas at Utah would factor big time for him when he ultimately makes a commitment.
With the Elite 11 Finals taking place in July, Sterling-Cole has some time to possibly make some unofficial visits during the Spring and Summer, but doesn't currently have any plans set in place. He also isn't in any rush to make a final decision, as he said he has not thought about a specific date for when he wants to commit. When he does, the school that receives his commitment is getting one of the better signal callers in America.
Family Could Lead Sterling-Cole to Utah
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