Still Available: CB Yusef Sterling-Lowe

Even though he had two very good seasons at Laney, sophomore CB Yusef Sterling-Lowe (6-2, 170) is still waiting to find a place to play this fall...

Sterling-Lowe enjoyed a good career at McClymonds (Oakland, Ca.) High School, but was unable to find a four-year school that was looking for a corner, so he opted to head the JUCO route.

"Laney was close to home and I felt like they had a good program here and the coaches were good enough to get me ready to play (at the next level)," Sterling-Lowe recalled to "I really liked their defense and the defensive coordinator and the defensive backs coach were both guys I really trusted a lot."

As a freshman back in 2013, Sterling-Lowe worked into the rotation in the Laney secondary and finished with 29 tackles, on sack, four tackles-for-loss, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and he finished second on the team with 11 pass break-ups.

He followed that up with an even better sophomore campaign this past fall, totaling 34 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one fumble recovery and he led the team with five interceptions and 14 pass breakups.

"We ran a 3-4 defense, so sometimes we had five defensive backs in there at one time," Sterling-Lowe noted. "We played a lot of cover three and a lot of man-to-man and a lot of cover two as well.

"We played a lot different types of coverages, so I got a lot of experience playing a lot of different types of coverage, but my favorite is playing man-to-man because my coaches asked me to cover the best receiver on the field and that's what I did. I took it as a challenge."

On the recruiting front, things haven't been very busy but the sophomore is still hopeful.

"I haven't really been hearing from anyone," Sterling-Lowe said. "I think I can play at the highest level, so I hope someone gives me a shot.

"I'm confident in my abilities to do whatever I need to do to be successful."

Sterling-Lowe will finish up his two-year degree this spring and he will have three years to play two starting in the fall.

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