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Tom Herman wants to sign 25 Caden Sterns a year

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The nation’s top safety is fulfilling expectations early.

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Only months after arriving as an early enrollee, Texas Longhorns safety Caden Sterns is already making an impact on the program and impressing his head coach.

“Caden had an unbelievable spring,” Tom Herman said on Tuesday. “Great mom in Brandi Biddy, I mean, I tell our staff all the time — recruit more Caden Sterns. He’s a straight-A student in his first semester of college when he’s still supposed to be in high school. He came out and he was not intimidated. He was definitely a force that was felt at practice every day. He’s a great kid, a good leader. Like I said, I wish we could sign 25 Caden Sterns a year.”

Sterns wasn’t able to play in the Orange-White game due to a minor injury, so fans haven’t had a chance to see him in action yet, but he drew buzz during the spring for his physicality, ability to acclimate quickly, and his versatility.

In fact, there’s a chance that the 6’0, 195-pounder could play every position in the secondary before his career at Texas is over.

Getting Sterns on campus in Austin was a significant accomplishment in the 2018 recruiting class — he originally committed to the LSU early in the process, but the work of cornerbacks coach Jason Washington helped convince him to flip last summer.

Following a big-time senior season and defensive MVP performance in the US Army All-American Bowl, Sterns finished the process ranked as the No. 19 player nationally, the No. 1 safety, and the top player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

In the fall, it’s difficult to tell how much playing time Sterns will receive and where it will come, but there’s no question that he’s already living up to expectations.