A redshirt junior from Houston, Dillon Sterling-Cole brought an enviable high-school pedigree to his quarterback role at Arizona State University.

His school bio calls him a “highly rated quarterback” with “vast potential and elite pocket presence with the ability to deliver every type of throw accurately.”

Those are the kind of accolades one would expect from a four-star recruit out of Houston’s Westfield High School who earned a national ranking of 267. A starter for three years, Sterling-Cole capped his high school career with a spot on the Elite 11 summer camp and the honor of being named as co-offensive MVP of District 15-6A. His “athletic ability…[and] exemplary youth leadership” won him a spot in the Semper-Fi All-American Game.

His freshman and sophomore years at Arizona were similarly outstanding. In 2016, the freshman played in 11 games and logged 388 passing yards, and was only the school’s fifth freshman quarterback. Sophomore year saw him as “a key contributor to the Scout Team offense,” crucial for the team’s preparation.