It turns out Tymar Sutton is good with secrets.
The McKeesport (Pa.) High outside linebacker was won over by Iowa State following his official visit Dec. 13 and committed that night. Some 12 days later, Sutton delivered Iowa State fans a morning Christmas gift when he made his pledge official, picking the Cyclones over a number of other Power 5 offers.
“The main thing is that the fans stick with them no matter what,” Sutton said. “No matter what their record is, who they’re playing, their fans will be with you.”
The 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker, ranked by Scout as the No. 3 outside linebacker in Pennsylvania, held offers from the likes of Illinois, Boston College, Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others before committing to Iowa State.
Sutton, who was recruited by Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and linebackers coach Tyson Veidt during their time at Toledo, was won over when the Cyclones made him a priority not long after arriving in Ames.
He visited shortly after and the trip quickly sealed the deal.
“It was just the fact that they came on me as soon as they got to Iowa State,” Sutton said. “That says a lot about what they think about me."
Sutton, who has also been an option quarterback at McKeesport, is a hard-hitting linebacker who plays with speed and does well in space. Iowa State believes the versatile Sutton could play all three linebacker positions and has told him he’ll have a specially-designed package in the offense.
Ranked as the No. 87 overall outside linebacker in the country, Sutton instantly becomes one of the top prospects in the Cyclones’ class.
“My game is more of a old-school, read your keys, do your job, come down and hit, make a play when it’s needed,” Sutton said of his game. “I read my keys. When the times get hard I stay on my keys.”
With a host of offers, Sutton was intrigued by an Iowa State turnaround.
“The main thing was that it was a rebuilding program,” Sutton said. “I wanted to go somewhere and make a difference. That’s how I started out making my transition from seventh and eighth grade to high school. I was always on a winning team and when I got to high school we had to struggle to win and we had to work for everything. I just wanted to be around other players that want to work.”
And now, the secret is out.