Top 2015 LB likes Venables

Six schools have offered junior Johnathan Sutton already and plenty more will before all is said and done. This hard-hitting linebacker talks about recent visits, his childhood favorite, and more here...

Swansea, S.C. is home to one of the top 2015 linebackers in the southeast.

Johnathan Sutton is his name and he is a 6-foot-1.5, 216 pound junior who has been timed in the 40 yard dash in 4.55 seconds.

Half a dozen schools have jumped on him early and offered him verbally.

"North Carolina State, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, South Carolina, and UCLA have offered," Sutton told Scout.

The offers came in this spring as schools saw Sutton flying around the field and Sutton paid a visit to a school last week that has offered him early.

"It was my first time at N.C. State and their coaches and their facilities really caught my attention. I really like their linebackers coach (Dave Huxtable) - He is a great guy, we got along well, and he really worked with me. I got a good feeling there and it was very positive around there all day."

Sutton really liked what he saw in Raleigh and the new vibe there under a new coaching staff.

Another school in the ACC had Sutton on their campus earlier this month as well.

He liked how things were structured there.

"At Clemson, I really liked their organization. The coaches really have things in order and it was a great camp. I like their stadium, how they have things set up, and I like Coach [Brent] Vanables a lot too. He has a lot of energy like me and I think we have similar personalities."

Clemson is one in-state school and South Carolina is another. The Gamecocks have offered, but the top junior has not been to Columbia in a while.

"I went to a game there about three or four years ago, but I have not been there to visit yet this year," said Sutton. "I know a little about their program though - I like how their fans are so supportive and into the game. It gets loud up there and they have a lot of fans around here."

Sutton is sitting back taking everything in right now and he is open to all schools at this time, but there is a school he has followed closely over the past few years.

"I grew up playing with FSU on video games and that is when I started liking them. They are kind of my dream school. I like them a lot, my mom likes it down there, and I am excited about visiting them in a few weeks. They have a lot of great tradition there and I will be there in the middle of July for camp."

It is unknown who will offer next, but when Scout asked Sutton who he'd like that school to be, he said, "I really want offers from Georgia and LSU. Both schools have a lot of tradition, they have great fans, and they win a lot. I would like to get offers from them."

The Bulldogs, Tigers, and many others do have time to extend an offer Sutton's way. He is in no hurry to put an end to the recruiting process.

"I am just going to wait it out and take my time with the recruiting process. I want to see many schools and just see what is out there.

"I am looking for a great education, how I could fit in with the team, and how I get along with the coaches. I just want to fit into the overall environment with everyone there, so I want to take visits and see different places before committing to someone."

Sutton had 75 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and six forced fumbles in 2012 as a sophomore. Top Stories