A two-way player in high school, but projects as a defensive back at Oklahoma State … Ranked as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports … ESPN lists him as the No. 66 safety recruit in the country and the No. 138 overall prospect in Texas … Scout tabs him as the No. 8 safety in Texas and the No. 76 safety in the nation.
Played for coach John Settle at Sunnyvale High School, playing a big role on both sides of the ball … Helped guide his team to an 11-1 record as a senior, rushing for 2,081 yards (10.3 yards per carry) and 31 touchdowns with 10 100-yard rushing games on offense while accounting for 63 total tackles, 40 solo stops, nine tackles for loss, four interceptions, one pass break up, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries on defense … Also handled all the punting duties with an average of 36.6 yards and added 300 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 21 receptions, 114 kickoff return yards on three returns (38.0 avg.) and 70 punt return yards on three returns (23.3 avg.) … Scored 37 total touchdown his last season, scoring via rush, reception, fumble return, interception return and punt return … Earned all-state, all-district, district MVP and team MVP honors for his performance that season … Had a bigger focus on the defensive side as a junior, totaling 192 tackles with 118 solo stops and three tackles for loss, six interceptions with 110 interception return yards, 10 pass break ups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … Ran two interceptions back for touchdowns and also scored via rush, reception, fumble return and punt return … Rushed 67 times for 430 yards and nine touchdowns, made six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown and added 258 kickoff return yards (19.8 avg.) and 122 punt return yards (11.1 avg.) … Had 70 tackles and an interception as a sophomore while still contributing on the offense … Competed on Sunnyvale’s basketball, soccer and track teams as well … Off the field, he made academic all-state and all-district and was involved in the school’s theater program … Chose Oklahoma State over other offers that included Arkansas State, Army, Colorado State, Navy and Texas State.
Tre Sterling was born Nov. 5, 1998, in Tyler, Texas … Son of Ron and Suzana Sterling … Plans to study architectural engineering.
"Sterling is a kid that was at Tyler High School, where all those players come out of. He transferred after his dad became the principle over there at Sunnyvale. We found him, luckily, after the transfer and got on him. He plays both sides of the ball. He was a running back, used to play quarterback at Tyler; DB, kick returner. The night we saw him, he took a kick about 70 and made about 11 guys miss. He's a really good athlete. We want guys to have a feel for the game offensively, too. They can catch, go intercept balls, be better all-around athletes. I am fired up about him that way. He's explosive, and he's going to be big. He's another one that is a really smart kid. He's going to be an engineer, also."
-- Safeties Coach Dan Hammerschmidt