DE Aaron Sterling (6-2 260) of Tucker, GA decommitted from Alabama earlier this week. USC has been one of the schools to continue to recruit him despite his previous commitment and that diligence is working in the Gamecocks favor as they stand to get an official visit from him later in the year.
“I know that he does have some interest,” said Tucker coach Bryan Lamar. “He’s definitely not telling me he’s ready to commit or anything like that but they definitely are one of the teams he’s looking at. He hasn’t scheduled any officials yet. I do believe South Carolina will be one of them. We really haven’t narrowed it down. He just kind of opened it back up.”
Along with USC, NC State, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama remain in the mix. He visited NC State unofficially last week.
“It’s one of those things where we’re trying to get him to have a thorough process in terms of how he’s evaluating things,” Lamar said. “Just trying to get his thoughts organized in terms of going thru recruiting, trying to get him to figure out what he’s looking for in a school. You’re talking about a kid with terms of offers and every school has got something positive. Trying to figure out what’s important to him and from there evaluating the schools he has interest in.”
Lamar said in the case of Alabama, Sterling eventually came to the conclusion he committed to soon and didn’t give the recruiting process enough time to run its course.
“I think that’s what it was more than anything,” Lamar said. “Feeling like he really needed to go thru the process. Not really a knock on Alabama but he felt like he wanted to open up and see what other schools had to offer.”
USC recruiter Mike Peterson was by the school recently to check on Sterling and Lamar said the Gamecocks see him as a defensive end, outside linebacker prospect or a hybrid. Lamar also is close friends with Gamecock defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson.