2017 Cornerback keeps ECU in mind
Canadian native Jonathan Sutherland is adapting well to the United States, just a year after moving from Canada to Virginia. Sutherland has already received ten offers and still has two years left of high school to go. Sutherland talked about the change from Canadian football and competition level and to the game in America. “It was a big move, it was something I had wanted to do for a while because competition sets me apart and shows me where I stand in the nation,” Sutherland explained. “It’s been great. The game is a lot faster in the United States than at home in Canada but it’s developing me and making me a better person and player so once I get to college ill already know I am a team player.” The 6-foot, 190 pound defensive back has shown maturity in his decision making, choosing to take the recruiting process carefully and slowly instead of rushing through it. With a lot of interest from a variety of schools Sutherland did say that that the process started off hectic and he did have to adapt to it at first. Sutherland’s style of play could fit into East Carolina’s secondary nicely and ECU will have a good shot at bringing the versatile defensive player in if they stay close in the next two years. “They were my second offer and all the offers that came early to me,” Sutherland said. “I’ll show them a lot of loyalty, and they trusted me so I really appreciate that, especially ECU,” Sutherland said. Although Sutherland has not been to Greenville for a visit yet he has watched the Pirates on play. Sutherland noted that ECU played as team the whole game he saw. Sutherland watched the Pirates take on Virginia Tech last season and was impressed by the way ECU battled and came out with a win. With two years left of high school and a high level of maturity, Sutherland will have time to think about all of the different factors that will go into his decision of which school he chooses. For now, Sutherland has pin pointed a few things that he will be considering. “Academics first, I plan on majoring in business, because I want to get a good degree after football and be set up for life,” Sutherland said. “Then its football, if the school has a family atmosphere and if the coaches care for the players and the players care and the coaches,” said Sutherland. Sutherland plays his defense in a fearless style, not afraid to put his head down and go in for big hits and has become a dominant defensive force. As a rising junior, Sutherland would like to add to his game even further. “I have to improve my game physically as well as mentally, being mentally sound so when I get to college I know what to expect and I’ll know how to react in certain situations and then just getting stronger and faster,” he said. Still two years away, Sutherland has a lot of time to make a final decision of where he would like to play college football but the rising star is grateful for this opportunity. “It means a lot, its every kids dream growing up and to see that it is slowly with hard work and dedication, it really feels great,” Sutherland said.
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