Sutherland sees more of Michigan State

Canadian cornerback impressed by the Spartans defense and speaking highly of the school. He talks the latest visit and camp in East Lansing and why he holds Michigan State in high esteem.

Last weekend was hardly Jonathan Sutherland's first time in East Lansing, having already taken multiple trips to Michigan State. But at MSU's one-day camp last Sunday, his visit gave him something new.

"On my past few tours, we had seen everything like the facilities and around campus," he said. "This visit, we saw the stadium for the first time. I had never been inside the stadium, so it was great seeing that. We got to ride around campus and saw all the dorms, the educational buildings and libraries.

"My feel at Michigan State is it's probably my top university to be. It's a great place to be, good academics and good football. It's a good place to be."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound 2017 cornerback from Lester B. Pearson in Ontario said it is the Spartans' aggressive defensive play of lockdown cornerbacks that has him so interested.

"I love the aggressive defense," he said. "The football team is well coached and it's a great defense, but as far as a combination of football and academics, it's really good. After football, I want to have a good life, so I want a good degree."

Sutherland followed up the tour with a good camp showing with the Spartans.

"Overall, it was great," Sutherland said. "My combine stats were on point and the drills were great, as was 7 on 7.

"I got a lot of positive feedback and some pointers about being patient in my back pedal and stuff."

Sutherland will have another chance to perform in front of Michigan State coaches later this week at Sound Mind, Sound Body in Detroit.

After that, some schools camps will be on the radar.

"We will be hitting up Syracuse and Penn State," he said. "Possibly Michigan, possibly Rutgers and that's it."

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