Jordan Sterns verbals to Texas Tech

Two-way standout Jordan Sterns (Cibolo, Texas/Steele) has been a running back most of his life. He was expecting to test the waters at safety in college, and will do so in the Big 12.

Sterns on Sunday said that he verbally committed to play for Texas Tech. A 6-foot, 195-pound junior, Sterns was one of the versatile members of a Steele team that won a Texas Class 5A Division II state championship in 2010. Steele additionally was the 5A Division II state runner-up this past season.

Sterns, who visited Texas Tech on Feb. 18, said the facilities and coaching staff on campus won him over. He chose the Red Raiders over an offer from UTSA and interest from Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, TCU, Oregon, Florida State and Nebraska.

“The coaches were genuine. They were real nice,” Sterns said. “I went to a practice, and I liked the way they did things. I liked how the players would come and talk to me one on one. When they brought me and my family in the coaches office to offer, I thought that was really neat.”

Sterns will play safety after spending most of last season at running back. He rushed for 500 yards and seven touchdowns and averaged 8.5 yards per carry. Defensively, Sterns recorded 66 tackles and three interceptions as a safety.

Recruited primarily by secondary coach John Lovett, Sterns said the idea of early playing time helped him make a decision. The Red Raiders will have some vacant starting positions available after the 2012 season, and he hopes to compete.

“I remember Coach Lovett when he was at Miami,” Sterns said. “He said I could see some early playing time if the game slowed down enough for me by the time the season starts. I want to play a lot my freshman year. I love football, and I want to be on the field. I don’t want to be a redshirt.

“This past year was my first year playing safety, but I think I got it down. I’d rather be hitting people than getting hit.”

Sterns became Texas Tech’s fourth commitment.