Profile: Reggie Sutton
Position: Offensive Guard
High School: Baltimore Calvert Hall
Scouting Report: Sutton is an example of what can be wrong with schools putting such a heavy emphasis on evaluating prospects too early and pushing for commitments before players truly develop. After seeing him live on several occasions in the spring, it is safe to say Rutgers got a sleeper.
Sutton entered his junior season weighing approximately 250 pounds, and his technique was still in need of a lot of development. He was athletic and he was able to bend well and get to the second level. However, at 250 pounds and lacking the upper body strength to be viewed in the fall as a big-time prospect, many schools moved on.
Then, he added 30 pounds (good weight) and worked on his strength. He needs to get continue to develop in the upper body, but he is strong in the lower body, he bends well and he developed his technique.
Sutton has a nice initial punch, and he is getting more accurate with his hand placement on that punch. He is quick with his hands. The added strength allows him to remain engaged on his block longer, and his lower body strength enables him to play with better balance.
He is athletic and he can get pull and lead a running play. He has the intelligence and football acumen to move over and play center. His arm length also helps.
In pass protection is where Sutton’s offseason development showed the most. He moves his feet well, and he is quick. He is patient in his base and he plays with a good center of gravity. Sutton is able to slide to either side.
Final Analysis: Sutton needs time in the weight room, but he made enormous progress from the end of his junior season to the end of the spring. His foot speed and agility make him a legit Big Ten prospect, and he is a player who should be a multi-year starter for the Scarlet Knights.