Fabulous 55 member Caden Sterns of Cibolo Steele competes at The Opening in Dallas. (Mike Craven)


Commitment 101: Caden Sterns, safety

Posted May 7th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Texas flipped four-star safety Caden Sterns, who is ranked No. 4 on the Fabulous 55.
  • Texas' eighth commit of the 2018 cycle, Caden Sterns, is currently the highest-rated in the class.
  • Caden Sterns' older brother, Jordan, was an all-conference performer at Oklahoma State.

Tom Herman is unafraid to recruit committed prospects. If it wasn’t clear when he flipped former Houston recruits in the 2017 cycle or 2018 four-star quarterback Cameron Rising weeks ago, but it was proved Sunday when Texas flipped four-star safety Caden Sterns of Cibolo Steele.

Sterns is the eighth member of Texas’ 2018 class. He’s ranked No. 4 on the Fabulous 55 and is a national top 40 prospect, per 247Sports’ composite ratings. Sterns’ high school reached the Class 6A Division I state title game his junior year, where he contributed as a safety and a wide receiver.

Here’s the Commitment 101 on Sterns.

Cibolo Steele safety Caden Sterns committed to LSU as a junior. (Mike Craven)

Skill set: Sterns is one of the top safeties in the country, rated fourth. The 6-1, 192-pound four-star prospect is Texas’ highest-rated recruit so far for the 2018 class. He’ll compete at The Opening Finals in Oregon this summer.

“The first time I noticed him was in middle school,” remembers Steele head coach David Saenz. “The way he competed was different than the other kids. He had an urgency about him that is rare for a young player. Of course, we already had Jordan (Sterns) on the team so we knew there was a younger one coming up, but it was still impressive to watch his ball skills and ability at that age.”

His older brother, Jordan, was an all-conference safety at Oklahoma State and recently signed an undrafted rookie free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Here’s what we wrote about Caden’s skill set in his Fabulous 55 profile:

“Sterns can line up at either safety position and isn’t a liability in coverage, which is a key component for modern safeties asked to play more 1-on-1 coverage against spread offenses. He’s long and is at his best when he can play free safety and roam the secondary. His instincts are obvious and his technique is advanced for a high school safety. He’s the best prospect that San Antonio has produced in a few recruiting cycles. Sterns had 82 tackles and returned three interceptions for touchdowns his junior season.”

Immediate impact: Sterns’ commitment puts the rest of the recruiting world on notice. Herman and his staff aren’t playing around and no one is safe. LSU rarely loses commitments. Sterns committed to LSU as a junior, on the day Ed Orgeron was officially named head coach. Sterns’ flip gives Texas its highest-rated commitment since Herman took over. He’s a consensus top five player in the state and an elite safety who can play as a true freshman. There is untapped potential on Texas’ roster Sterns must jump to earn a starting position, but he wouldn’t have flipped from LSU if he didn’t think the chance of immediate playing time wasn’t available.

Fitting into the program: Sterns represents what defensive coordinator Todd Orlando wants in his safeties. He’s a rangy player who isn’t afraid to hit or play close to the line of scrimmage. Versatility is a key trait in Orlando’s vision and Sterns contains plenty. He can play deep safety and roam like a center fielder. He’s also big enough to play strong safety and athletic enough to cover receivers of all sizes. Sterns is a true student of the game with a high football IQ, due in large part to his older brother’s experience. He must trust and like the scheme Orlando is attempting to bring to Texas’ defense.

Recruiting at the position: The Longhorns aren’t done recruiting safeties. One of Texas’ top priorities still on the board is B.J. Foster, the five-star safety from Angleton who’s ranked No. 2 on the Fab 55. The Longhorns also are in pursuit of four-stars Leon O’Neal and DeMarvion Overshown.

2018 Texas Longhorns signing class

Here's a look at the recruits who signed with Texas for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from 247Sports composite.
PlayerPos. SchoolStars Status
Byron HobbsLBFt. Worth Eastern Hills3Signed
Casey ThompsonQBSouthmoore (Okla.)4Signed
Cameron Rising QBNewbury Park (Calif.)4Signed
Reese MooreOTSeminole 3Signed
Cameron DickerKLake Travis3Signed
Caden SternsSCibolo Steele4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
DeMarvion OvershownSArp4Signed
Ayodele AdeoyeLBIMG Academy (Fla.)4Signed
B.J. FosterSAngleton 5Signed
Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar4Signed
Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights4Signed
Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor4Signed
Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar4Signed
D'Shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar4Signed
Malcolm EppsTESpring Dekaney4Signed
Junior AngilauOTSalt Lake East (Utah)4Signed
Mikey GrandyOTCollege of San Mateo (Calif.)3Signed
Ryan BujcevskiPProKick AustrailiaN/ASigned
Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
Daniel CarsonDEWilliam Chrisman (Mo.)3Signed
Michael WilliamsDEDunham School (La.)3Signed
Joshua MooreWRYoakum4Signed
Christian JonesOTCy Woods3Signed
Moro OjomoDTKaty3Signed
Joseph OssaiDEConroe Oak Ridge4Signed