Sterns flips to Texas

Caden Sterns (Eric Nahlin/IT*)

Caden Sterns (Eric Nahlin/IT*)

In a strong 2018 defensive back class, Texas went down the road about an hour to grab one of the state’s best, Cibolo Steele safety Caden Sterns.

In addition, Tom Herman keeps a top prospect in Texas and out of LSU’s hands.

Sterns committed to LSU last fall and was Ed Orgeron’s first commit as permanent head coach of the Tigers. He flipped his commitment to Texas after a weekend visit to Austin, where he spent time in the offices and was spotted on campus with cornerbacks coach Jason Washington.

Eric Nahlin has him rated as the No. 2 safety in the state, and described him as a “highly versatile, nickel or field safety with good length.”

Ian Boyd prior to last season: “Big brother Jordan is one of the best run support safeties in the Big 12 and Caden seems to be following in the same footsteps. At 6’1″ 173 heading into his junior year, Sterns seems likely to fill out into a big kid that can bring some thunder around the box. He’s fairly quick in short areas but he’s much faster moving downhill, which is fine at free safety where moving in a straight line with power is the name of the game. Caden is the kind of physical box safety Texas needs to balance out all of exceptional coverage athletes on the roster.”

Sterns becomes the 8th member of Texas’ 2018 class joining Cameron Dicker (Lake Travis), Ron Tatum (Putnam City, OK), Reese Moore (Seminole), Cameron Rising (Newbury Park, CA), Casey Thompson (Southmoore, OK), Byron Hobbs (FW Eastern Hills), and Justin Watkins (Ocala [FL] Vanguard).