Canada's Next Big Time Prospect

Canadian freshman sensation Jonathan Sutherland is player to watch moving forward. Only a 2017 prospect, Sutherland starred in this past weekend at Core 6 and Best of the Midwest combine's. he also talks the latest in his early recruitment, including Michigan -- Please Read Inside

INDIANAPOLIS – In college football coaches are always looking for the next big time prospect. And in recruiting, you just don't know where that next big time prospect is going to come from.

Enter Canadian freshman sensation Jonathan Sutherland, and you might have the next big thing.

Only a freshman, Sutherland looked mature beyond his years at the Core 6 Combine in Cincinnati on Sunday and the Best of the Midwest Combine on Monday, and impressed Scout National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu.

"For the second straight day, Canadian import Jonathan Sutherland was very impressive," Trieu reported after Monday's event. "We were very surprised to learn he is only a class of 2017 prospect. He has a chance to be a major national recruit."

Sutherland, who plays at Burlington (Ont.) Lester B. Pearson, is coming off a strong freshman campaign where he played both running back and safety.

"It was a really big transformation," said Sutherland on his freshman season. "Because I was used to playing running back, and on my freshman season I decided to go on the defensive side of the ball. I was playing special teams as well as safety and defensive back. I think I did well overall.

"I see myself as a safety right now."

At 6-foot, 185-pounds, Sutherland's recruitment is sure to heat this coming year. He says he is already hearing interest from Michigan State, Penn State, Syracuse and Temple. He also been on campus visits to Cincinnati, Buffalo and Michigan State -- and has a pending visit to Notre Dame.

"I'm looking for the coaches," Sutherland said on his campus visits. "I'm looking at the coaches personality. How they run stuff. How they treat their athletes overall. And how the atmosphere is on the campus."

While he hasn't been in contact with Michigan, Sutherland says he is well aware of the Maize and Blue.

"I know their rivalry with Ohio State," Sutherland said on the Wolverines. "I know they have a good football team. They are upcoming and rising. They produce good athletes."

And if Michigan were to show Sutherland some interest?

"I would be grateful to get interest from Michigan," Sutherland admitted. "I am definitely looking forward to seeing their facilities."

And Sutherland will have his opportunity to soak in U-M's campus in the near future. He said he plans on camping at Michigan, Syracuse and Penn State this summer.

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