2013 Signee Spotlight: Ernest Suttles

Come inside to get the lowdown on the 2013 defensive end product.

DE.) Ernest Suttles

6-foot-5, 240-pounds / Gaither high school (FL)

"Suttles has a nice frame to add a lot more weight and strength. He made a lot of plays in opposing backfields this past season and actually has the frame to potentially grow into a tackle. He is going to Nebraska to play end, a spot where he emerged as one of the better players in the Tampa area this past season."
- Mike Bakas, FOX Sports NEXT Florida Recruiting Analyst

Senior Honors: Third-team Class 7A all-state honors

Senior Stats: 88 tackles, 31 TFLs, 12 sacks

The Lowdown: Nebraska has shown in the past to not shy away from a project, if that project has major upside. Ernest Suttles might fit that model.

The three-star prospect has only been playing football for two seasons and saw his recruitment spike shortly after his senior year.

"I moved to Gaither and took a new school, new mindset type of approach," said Suttles. "I was open to trying new things. I really got a good vibe from the head coach and the support system at the school.

"I originally started on scout team, but the defensive line coach liked my aggressiveness so he put me up front. From there I fell in love with it. I love how the defensive line impacts the whole game. It starts up front. I really think that it controls and determines the whole game."

Iowa State offered shortly after Suttles' junior year and the prospect took their offer - feeling very comfortable with the Cyclones' coaching staff.

But as more teams started to enter the mix, Suttles had second thoughts and quickly realized he should at least take other visits elsewhere.

Nebraska entered into his recruitment in early January and the 2013 prospect set a visit to Lincoln for January 12th. After a solid overall trip, Suttles returned home and late Monday night called Iowa State to tell them to news – he was heading to Nebraska.

"When I called the Nebraska coaches, they were pretty excited," said Suttles at the time. "They kind of knew it was coming, but you never know in recruiting, so it was exciting for them."

"The tradition and the success over the years stood out. They have the All-Americans, the academic All-Americans, the Heisman Trophy winners, the National Championships, the conference awards were all impressive because it was on and off the field."

A few weeks after his commitment to Nebraska, schools closer to home and in the SEC jumped into the mix, trying to convince the senior to take at least one more visit. Suttles politely declined.

"I am good," Suttles said just a week before National Signing Day. "I am not visiting anywhere. Sure, there is something to be said about the SEC and Tennessee, but I committed to Nebraska and I am good."

Why Nebraska: "Nebraska is such a historical school and it was a really a honor to be part of history and future plans for the Nebraska program. A lot went into my decision, including the players. The attitude of the program was to great. I want to be part of making history and continuing history at Nebraska, so it was a great opportunity."

Who Else: Iowa State, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, South Florida and West Virginia

Who Recruited Him: Rick Kaczenski and John Papuchis

FOX Sports NEXT Rating: Three-star prospect (No. 88 DE in the country)

BRR Projection: Suttles reminds us a lot of Avery Moss from last year's class. Both are long and athletic. Both haven't been playing football for a very long after initially playing basketball in high school. The Nebraska coaches liked what Moss brought to the table his freshman year, as he proved to be an effective pass rusher. Suttles might have a chance to do the same thing, but probably isn't quite as polished.

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