Sutton, a FOX Sports NEXT three-star cornerback prospect, pulled the trigger in favor of the Vols following a visit to Knoxville for preseason summer camp earlier this afternoon.
"It was a great experience," Sutton told InsideTennessee. "It was really more of my family day. I am the only one that came previously to tour the campus and things like that. It was just an opportunity to let my family and friends see what I witnessed for myself."
The 6-foot, 175-pounder chose Tennessee over offers from 11 other Div. I college programs, including Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
"Definitely the coaching staff (stuck out)," Sutton said. "They are always going to be on your side and get you through, not just football, on and off the field. Academic-wise it is great, especially for what I want to major in — pharmacy. The facilities are always a plus, but it is the thing like what you are going to do after football is over and becoming a better young man. I see myself at Tennessee and it being the place for me."
It didn't take long for Sutton to know Tennessee would be his new home; in fact it only took one visit for the Jonesboro (Ga.) High School product.
|Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley was the point man on Sutton's recruitment.|
Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley was the lead in Sutton's recruitment and built a strong relationship with the rising senior that helped push him over the edge in the end.
"It is definitely a strong relationship," Sutton said. "We talk on a consistent basis — more than once a week, maybe twice or three times a week. Now that I have committed and I am coming here in the near future it will just get stronger."
Tennessee fans can look for Sutton to be in the stands at Neyland Stadium for several games this fall to get an up-close-and-personal look at the Vols in action.
"I will definitely get back for a couple games, pretty much all the home games or as many as I can," he said. "It is an opportunity to come see the people and games — you can't ask for anything better than that."
Sutton will have the opportunity to graduate early from high school, but he plans to graduate and enter school in the summer. He will also still use all five of his official visits, including one to Rocky Top.
FOX Sports NEXT national analyst Chad Simmons has soon Sutton perform in person and had this to say:
"Cameron Sutton is much better than the No. 81 cornerback in the country. I turned in my rankings update about a month ago and I had him in the 30s overall."
Sutton, commitment No. 17 for the Vols, makes the third Georgia native in the 2013 recruiting class as well as the second defensive back (Kameron Miles).
You can see highlights of Sutton from the IMG 7-on-7 below:
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