Sutton Snags Offer He 'Was Waiting For'

McKeesport (Pa.) outside linebacker Tymar Sutton had a feeling he’d be receiving an offer from the University of Maryland.

McKeesport (Pa.) outside linebacker Tymar Sutton had a feeling he’d be receiving an offer from the University of Maryland. He’d been talking to his area recruiter, Greg Studrawa, quite frequently via Twitter, the Terps’ offensive line coach letting Sutton know the defensive staff was highly interested.

“And I finally got it,” laughed Sutton, who now has offers from UMD, Wisconsin, WVU, Army, Buffalo, Miami of Ohio, Navy and others. “It was an offer I was waiting for, for sure. When I first talked to Coach Stud, he told me I was a no-brainer offer, and he just kept telling me that whenever he talked to me. So when I finally heard from my coach Maryland wanted to offer I was very excited and thankful.”

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Sutton said he’s stayed in contact with Studrawa several times each week. The McKeesport product called UMD’s O-line coach “a great guy, a really great guy.”

“Coach Stud is awesome. I really like talking to him. He’s been up to my school and I met him when I visited [April 11],” Sutton said. “He just kept saying, ‘Be patient, we want you.’ He was pushing for me to get the offer, and he finally got Coach [Randy] Edsall to sign off on it [May 7]. I really appreciate how Coach Stud kept his word. That meant a lot to me, how honest he was.”

Sutton said Studrawa told him Edsall and Co. loved both his character and his athleticism on the field. They imparted that he’d be a great fit all the way around at UMD, academically, socially and athletically.

“Coach Stud said I’m a good kid, I know my football and he loves how I come down hill, hit and play with speed,” Sutton said. “I have to work on my coverage, but my game is coming downhill, and that’s what Maryland wants me to do. I think I’d fit in great with their style; they play fast and physical.”

Sutton took his initial visit to College Park, Md., April 11 for the spring game, along with his teammate, Terps target Khaleke Hudson. The former lauded Maryland’s facility upgrades, player dorms, campus, Under Armour connection, defensive system and the staff.

“I really liked it down at Maryland. The school in general was very nice, the campus was big and I liked how they’re building all those new fields and improving the weight room,” Sutton said. “And the program, just being in the Big Ten, that’s big. That’s a great conference right there. I feel like with what Maryland is doing there with the facilities, and the guys they’re bringing in, they’re going to be competing for a championship sooner than you think.

“The work ethic I saw there, with the players and the coaches, it was awesome. They really get after it there and I think it’s a great program.”

In addition to Studrawa, Sutton said he’s spoken to Edsall and defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski. He said he took to all three UMD coaches.

“Coach Stud, like I said, he’s a great guy. There’s nothing bad I can say about him. But Coach Edsall and Coach Dudzinski, they’re great too. It’s really a great staff, and I like how honest they are with you,” Sutton said.

Evidently the Terps have another advocate that’s been in Sutton’s ear. The linebacker said UMD signee Adam McLean has been in his ear via Twitter quite frequently.

“Adam hits me all the time, telling me about Maryland,” Sutton said. “He was telling me how real the coaches are and how I’d love playing there. I didn’t have the offer before, but now that I do I’ll definitely be thinking about it.”

Sutton said he plans to return to College Park sometime in June or July. In the meantime, he has a visit coming up to one of his primary suitors, WVU, in the next few weeks.

West Virginia is still the leader for me right now,” Sutton said. “That was my first big offer and they’ve been on me forever. I loved it when I was down there too, and I’m excited to get back.”

Wisconsin has also caught his eye among his current offers.

“[The Badgers] stand out a lot with their nationally-recognized programs and their academics, and it’s in the Big Ten too,” Sutton said. “I’m going to try to visit there too.”

Other suitors that could emerge include Stanford and Arizona State, according to Sutton. He said he’s actually planning a West Coast trip for the summer in order to check out both universities.

“But, honestly, I have no idea who might offer next,” Sutton said. “Some of these have been expected and some unexpected. So what I’ll do is just see who comes in and then decide where I want to visit after that. For sure I know WVU and Maryland are two I want to get to, but I haven’t set anything else up yet.”

Sutton said he will likely make his college decision before his senior season, or at some point in September. He also suggested he could commit earlier if programs begin to fill up their spots.


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