Lynden senior standout Bryce Sterk committed to stay close to home and play football for the University of Washington via Twitter on Sunday, Jan. 25.
“Blessed to say that this morning I committed to the University of Washington. Thank you for all the support that you have given me. #GODAWGS,” Sterk tweeted.
Sterk was an Associated Press Class 2A first-team all-state selection as both an offensive and defensive lineman. He was also selected the Class 2A/3A Northwest Conference Most Valuable Player by the league’s coaches and The Bellingham Herald’s All-Whatcom County Player of the Year after helping the Lions reach the 2A state title game for a fourth straight year.
“He is one of those people I say even the casual observer recognizes his contributions, “ Lions coach Curt Kramme said in December. “He is very disruptive. ... His attitude and how he played, he played with a very competitive edge.”
Sterk said he expects to continue being a disruptive force in college, as the Huskies have told him the expect him to focus playing on the defensive side of the ball.
“Washington likes me as a pass-rush specialist, something like what Hau’oli Kikaha played this past season, and they said they like my motor,” Sterk told Scout.com last week. “Rushing the quarterback is definitely my specialty. I like to get after the quarterback and disrupt things and feel like I do that pretty consistently.”
Sterk weighed in at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds during his senior season and was a rare combination of size and athleticism. He protected quarterback Sterling Somers’ blind side on offense, allowing the Lions to pass for 3,607 yards and rush for 1,990.
He was even more dominant on defense, where he terrorized opposing quarterbacks and showed a knack for stopping running backs in the backfield. He finished with 83 solo tackles and 64 assists and set the school single-season records with 10 quarterback sacks, 24 QB harasses and had a total of 370 team defensive points, breaking Jaremy Martin’s record of 355 from a year earlier. He had 13 career sacks.
Despite his large frame, Sterk finished sixth in the 300 hurdles at the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships last spring with a personal record time of 39.97 seconds. He also ran a leg in Lynden’s third-place 4x400 relay team and competed in the shot put, placing 15th at state (45 feet, 61/4 inches).
Sterk made his official visit to Seattle last weekend, and the experience obviously helped make up his mind.
Sterk is the 24th high school senior known to have commit to UW this season and the eighth in-state recruit, joining O’Dea running back Myles Gaskin, Bellevue offensive lineman Henry Roberts, Wenatchee offensive lineman Trey Adams, Federal Way receiver Chico McClatcher, Etiwanda tight end Mike Neal, Lakes defensive lineman Benning Potoa’e, Tacoma Lincoln linebacker Jusstis Warren and Marysville-Pilchuck cornerback Austin Joyner.
Sterk and the rest of the Husky recruits cannot make things official until National Letter of Intent day on Feb. 4, when he is expected to sign at a Lynden High School signing celebration along with Lions teammate Lucas Peterson, who has committed to play football for Central Washington University, and Lions soccer senior Lexi Smiley, who has committed to play for the University of Hawaii-Hilo.