School: Aliceville High (Aliceville, AL)
Position: Defensive Nose Tackle
Vitals: 6-4, 275 lbs
- Rivals: NR
- Scout: #83
- ESPN: #79
Other Offers of Interest: Arkansas State, Southern Miss, Troy, Western Kentucky
3 Best Attributes: Get off, Pass Rushing, Strength
Prediction & How He Improves Cougars in 2013:
The Cougs have plenty of defensive line depth to let Gerald red shirt this year. I think that a good year in the weight room and college meal plan will help really help Gerald out in the long run. His skill set is still very raw, so that year of coaching will help out as well.
I think with that year of red shirting, Sterling will really develop into that rare pass rushing nose tackle. At only 275lbs that is a little light for the nose tackle role, so if he could really bulk up and get close to the 300lbs mark, I think he will really fit the mold quit well.
In his tapes he showed great get off on the snap, he was always the first one moving after the snap was made. With his great initial burst, he showed great strength on shredding his blockers to get to the ball carrier or the QB. He posses great upper body strength and look for that to develop even further with a year in the weight room.
Overall this is an exciting find for Leach and Co. I think Gerald develops into a solid starter in the near future, who knows maybe even all Pac 12??
All Coug’d Up Recruit Grade (out of 5): 3
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