STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Alabama defensive end commit Aaron Sterling has his eyes set on the GHSA’s sack record (25), but he also has his eyes on the recent de-commitments from the Crimson Tide.
Alabama lost its quarterback in the Class of 2017 in Jake Fromm to Georgia. Four-star running back Cam Akers de-committed on the same day as Fromm, too, and he may be headed to Georgia as well.
Crimson Tide safety commit Xavier McKinney is also strongly considering Georgia and could end up a Bulldog when he signs his papers.
Sterling, a Stephenson High School standout who has been committed to Alabama since Christmas Day, has noticed the in-state Bulldogs making a run at these elite prospects who are also considering the Tide.
“A lot of the people in my class that stay in Georgia are committed to Georgia,” Sterling told SEC Country. “It makes you wonder like, ‘Ah, I just want to go play with my friends.’ There’s also a business side to this, too, and you have to see where you fit for yourself.”
Despite heavy interest from Georgia, Sterling said de-committing and becoming a Bulldog has not crossed his mind at all.
“I mean, whatever God tells me to do, that’s what I’m going to do,” he said. “It hasn’t crossed my mind though. I’m just really weighing all of my options and just to see where I should be for the next four to five years.”
To demonstrate the fact that de-committing truly hasn’t been a thought, when asked what it would take for him to back off his pledge to Alabama, Sterling paused for five seconds before coming up with an answer.
“I really don’t know. It would take a pretty good amount,” Sterling said. “It’s a tough process to figure out right now.”
Crimson Tide fans should expect Sterling to visit more schools as he figures out which college he’d like to attend. He’s recently coming off a trip to Tennessee, which he called “pretty good.” Tennessee, along with Alabama, Georgia, Florida are likely to get official visits at this point, he said.
“My mom just wants me to make sure that I make the right choice,” Sterling said. “That’s why I go on these other trips.”
Sterling said he’s planning on going back to Alabama when spring practice begins. But he’s also planning on going back to Georgia soon, too.
It’s going to be another Alabama-Georgia battle for one of the country’s top recruits. Georgia is ahead 1-0 in the Class of 2017.
Sterling is rated as the nation’s No. 29 defensive end, per the 247Sports composite.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.