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UConn football recruiting: 2017 JUCO transfer Santana Sterling commits to Huskies

The linebacker and former Arizona State commit will be eligible immediately.

NCAA Football: Virginia at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

After picking up 2017 running back Kevin Mensah last week, UConn football added another 2017 player in JUCO transfer Santana Sterling.

Sterling, a 6-foot-2, 226 pound linebacker from Chandler, Arizona, originally committed to Arizona State out of the class of 2014. However, Santana would eventually transfer to Mesa Community College where he collected 105 tackles in 11 games last season..

As a JUCO transfer, Sterling will join the Huskies this fall with two years of eligibility remaining. He will help augment a linebacking corp that lost EJ Levenberry for the season to a torn ACL.

With Junior Joseph and Vontae Diggs serving as the only linebackers firmly entrenched as a starters, Sterling will have the chance to compete for the third linebacker position in defensive coordinator Billy Crocker’s 3-3-5 defense.

Out of high school, Sterling was rated as a 2-star prospect with just a single FBS offer from Arizona State, but received interest from Arizona, Cal and Colorado.

You can check out his highlights here: