4-star QB Sterling-Cole gives commitment to Arizona State
Dillon Sterling-Cole, a four-star recruit rated by Scout.com as the 16th-best quarterback in the Class of 2016, has given an verbal commitment to Arizona State.
Sterling-Cole, 6-feet-3 and 190 pounds from Houston, had listed ASU among his five finalists, along with Texas A&M, Florida, Mississippi State and Houston. He is the 11th commitment for ASU, and the highest rated of the 11. Scout ranks him as No. 297 overall in the class.
Sterling-Cole finished last season with 2,325 passing yards and 24 touchdown with six interceptions for Westfield High School. He led Westfield to a state 6A Division II semifinal appearance in his first year at the school.
"I think from what they've shown me so far it's the total package," Sterling-Cole told Scout.com a week ago. "I think the offense is a very good fit for me, the coaching I'm really comfortable with, my parents liked it a lot also and as far as school it's good too with how they prepare (student athletes) for success not only in college but after college.
Sterling-Cole will become the third four-star quarterback to enroll at ASU in the past three years, following Manny Wilkins and Brady White. Wilkins is likely to back up Mike Bercovici this fall as a redshirt freshman. Bryce Perkins joins White as true freshman quarterbacks this fall.
Scout's analysis: "Watching Sterling-Cole a few times one thing comes to mind and that is he is a game manager. Sure he makes plays on the field, but really does play within the game and lets it come to him. He takes what the defense gives him and usually finds a playmaker on his team who has it going for that game. He can stand in the pocket and make the short and intermediate throws well, but has the athletic ability to run for a first down when needed."