Phog.net caught up with the six-foot-four inch small forward from Lenoir (NC) Patterson and he explained where not only the Jayhawks but the other schools recruiting him stand.
“They started recruiting me almost a month ago,” Sutton told Phog.Net. “They came out to watch me at a practice because they had heard about me.”
Initially expected by almost everyone to commit to Wake Forest, things have gotten much more hectic for Sutton now that schools realize he’s open. In addition to Kansas, he’s received overtures from schools like Baylor, Charlotte, Illinois, Miami, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Just last weekend he took a visit to Kansas State. One he enjoyed, save for the weather.
“It was cool except for the rain. Other than that it was nice,” said Sutton of his time in Manhattan. “The football game was nice and Midnight Madness was awesome. The fans were really excited. I came out there with Mike Beasley who I play with in the summer and they were chanting for him and then some of them did it for me too. Then Coach Huggins, you can tell that they just love him out there. It was crazy.”
An athletic wing who is currently ranked by Scout.com as the #57 prospect in the class of 2007, Sutton can always be counted on to play hard. He finishes above the rim in the open court and transition, rebounds his position and plays with some nastiness to him. He’s not one to compare himself to anybody else, he’s just trying to win.
“I play hard, I get after it a lot and I don’t really worry about how many points I have,” said Sutton. “I just want to get the job done for my teammates. If I had to describe my game, I’d say that I just play like myself. I don’t really compare my game to anybody else’s.”
According to Sutton, he’s planning to take a visit to Lawrence this weekend after talking with his Patterson coach Chris Chaney and Kansas.
“I already know about the players like Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright because they are on television a lot,” said Sutton who originally hails from Durham, N.C. “When Brandon was at Mt. Zion we kind of talked and I played against him some. Kansas has always been good and they get their players to the pros.”
Considering his North Carolina roots, Sutton can’t help but find the possibility of back to back trips to the state of Kansas this late in the process a little strange.
“It is kind of strange, just going out there and now I’m going back out again,” said Sutton. “I never thought Kansas would be trying to recruit me but now they are so what can I say.
According to Sutton, he’d initially planned on visiting Oklahoma this weekend but that fell through creating an opening for a potential visit to Kansas. After that he’s hoping to visit Illinois either the first or second weekend of November in hopes of making an early decision.
“I want to decide in the Fall,” says Sutton of his decision timeframe. “I’m trying to decide early in November, I can’t keep waiting. I think everybody is trying to commit now.”
Whatever unfolds over the next few weeks, Sutton is entering it with a three favorites and he’ll seek the consult of those close to him before making a decision.
“Right now Kansas State, Kansas and Illinois are my top three,” said Sutton. “I’m still thinking about it and I can’t really tell. I’ll talk to my family and coach Cheney and go with who all of us feel the most comfortable with. That’s the thing coach has told me, I have to go where I’m most comfortable because I know that I can play.”
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