It has been a productive spring for Jonathan Sutherland. Thanks to strong 7-on-7 and camp performances the Canadian athlete is now on the radar of a number of high major programs, including the University of Michigan. He had his first in-depth experience with the Maize & Blue last weekend during his first visit to Ann Arbor.
“It was great,” said Sutherland. “We saw around campus. We saw the facilities. We went to the Big House. We saw the stadium. We saw all the coaches and spoke to them. It was great. Overall, it was really great.”
Sutherland was hoping the Wolverines would join Rutgers on his offer list, but he understands why they opted not to.
“Right now, they sound (really interested),” Sutherland said of Michigan. “They’re looking at me as a DB and running back. Right now, I think they need to see a bit more film on me, also see my transcripts to see how I’m doing in school and everything. They will offer sometime soon. I think I’ll get the offer in September sometime when I’m down at Episcopal (high school in Alexandria, Virginia).”
The 6-0, 185-pounder will transfer stateside this fall and with his good friend Patrice Rene to finish out his high school career. That’s connection that could carry over into college as well.
“Right now, me, Patrice and Luiji Villain… we’re brothers,” said Sutherland. “We’ve been competing with each other since day one. We really get along, so in the long run I think will be going to the same university. So we just want to make sure that the university that we go to… that we all have the offer and (that it has) great academics first of all. We want to go to school together.”
According to Sutherland there is plenty of time to find a school that meets that criteria.
“I think I’ll decide at the end of my junior year.”