On Friday night, Caden Sterns received the news that every high-profile high school football recruit covets: He was officially invited to the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which hauls 90 of the best high school players in the country to San Antonio, Texas, in a much-hyped East vs. West clash.
It’s equally good news for LSU, for whom Sterns has committed to play, choosing the Tigers over a wealth of other offers from Baylor, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas, among several others.
Sterns is a four-star recruit out of Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas and is the No. 7-ranked safety in the country, per ESPN. As a junior, he led his team to a state title appearance while making 82 tackles and four interceptions. Not that he needed it, but it’s added validation of Sterns’s talent in the secondary, something LSU will certainly need after losing the commitment of Derek Stingley Jr., the top-ranked defensive back for the class of 2019.
“It’s a blessing,” the 6-foot-1, 192-pound Sterns told CBS Sports. “A lot of great players have played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. To have my name added to that list is a good feeling. I’m blessed to be invited.”