The Sun Devils have found their signal caller for the 2016 recruiting class. Houston, Texas, quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole pledge his services to Todd Graham and company at a commitment announcement Tuesday afternoon.
ASU was seen to be in a good position with Sterling-Cole. He released a top-5 of ASU, Florida, Texas A&M, Houston and Mississippi State about a week ago with the Sun Devils on top and then preceded to move up his announcement date.
Sterling-Cole is listed as a 4-star prospect by every major recruiting service, including Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports. Rivals ranks Sterling-Cole as the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 209 player nationally. ESPN also ranks him as the seventh best dual-threat quarterback and the nation's No. 111 player nationally.
The 247 Sports composite, which takes a mean of all of the recruiting rankings, sees Sterling-Cole as No. 9 quarterback in the nation and the No. 217 overall player in the country.
By quarterback standards, Sterling-Cole's commitment is actually late. He was the last quarterback in the ESPN 300 to pledge to a school. Sterling-Cole competed in the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp, where Mike Bercovici was a counselor earlier this month. All of the quarterbacks that competed in that camp have already made college decisions.
Sterling-Cole mentioned how at home he felt at ASU on his official visit, prior to that visit, Sterling-Cole had a different leader and the Sun Devils were able to sway him.
This is the second straight year that ASU has signed a 4-star quarterback, following Brady White in the class of 2015. Sterling-Cole becomes the 11th member of this year's recruiting class and the first quarterback. Seeing as how the Sun Devils took two quarterbacks last year, Sterling-Cole will likely be the only quarterback they take in this class.
Below are highlights of Sterling-Cole as a junior.