California DT hears from Bo Pelini

Nebraska has changed what they are looking for in their defensive lineman. They are going a little shorter now, but with better feet and athleticism. The Huskers have secured at least one commitment along the defensive line already, but could take at least 3 and maybe more. By the attention that this defensive tackle has received from Nebraska, he must be high on their list.

School is wrapping up, but Will Sutton still has one week of it left along with spring practices. The 6-foot-1 and 255-pound Sutton from Corona (Calif.) Centennial says that things are going good.

"We get out June 12," Sutton said. "We are wrapping up spring practices. The spring has gone real good. I came straight out of baseball and wanted to get back out there. Get to hitting again."

Sutton has seen a need for him to step up into a leadership role with the team. He has been taking this on in all fronts on the field and away from it.

"I have been leading by example. I have been working harder. In the weight room, I have been teaching guys proper technique when they are lifting. I have become more vocal.

"Everywhere I go, I am always helping someone. Its little steps. Those steps get bigger and bigger and those players get better by me helping them."

The evaluation period is over, but Sutton has picked up a few offers. To go along with the offers that he has, he has a lot of other schools paying close attention to him.

"The evaluation period went really well. I am up to three offers. I have offers from UNLV, Nebraska and Boise State. I am getting a lot of other attention too.

"I am getting attention from UCLA, Fresno State, San Diego State, Oregon State, Arizona, California and Northwestern. Those are pretty much all the schools."

Sutton is projected to play inside in college, but currently plays more of a hybrid defensive lineman because of the defense. Will sees himself line up over the tackle today, but could be over the guard or the center in college.

"We run a 3-5 so I am in the "6" and over the tackle. I am not interior yet. I am usually up against the other teams' best blocker. The only top offensive lineman I haven't gone up against is Khaled Holmes."

The reason Sutton has success on the football field is because he is always up to the challenge. Typically, on his side of the field, he is opposite the other team's best protectors.

"I think that I just take on blocks. I keep the line of scrimmage where it is. I don't get pushed off of the ball. I like to stuff the run, rush the quarterback and pursue from the backside."

Sutton had a very good junior year statistically. It led to him receiving some of the top honors in the league and in the county.

"I had about 70 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. I was voted defensive lineman of the year by the team. I was also first team defensive for the league, for CIF and was second team Riverside County."

When Will makes his decision he will be looking at academics and really the graduation rate of a school and the football program. After that he will look into the football program and distance may have some impact on his decision.

"I am going to look at the school's academics first. Really, the percentage of the players that graduate from the school. And then I am going to look at the facilities, the coaches and the living environment around the school. Staying closer to home is important."

The offer from Nebraska came in a couple of weeks ago. While Nebraska is the furthest away school to offer if Sutton does like them the best he said that he will have no problem going to Lincoln.

"I got offered from Nebraska about two weeks ago. I am interested in them, but it's kind of far. I would like to stay closer to home, but if I like them the best out of my offers I am going to go there."

Sutton is aware that Nebraska changed their head coach. He has had a chance to talk to him a couple of times now and heard what he has had to say about his abilities.

"I know about Nebraska's new head coach. I have spoken with him a couple of times. They were up at the school and they told me that they really liked me."

Sutton likes what Bo Pelini has said especially when he thinks about Glenn Dorsey who played for Pelini last year and was a first round draft pick. "Yeah, that makes me feel really good about how they like me and that they offered me."

There have been a couple of things that Sutton has hit already and a couple more to go. Sutton isn't sure where he will visit after the two events this month.

"Yeah, I was at the Nike Camp and the combine. I am going to USC on the 14th and UCLA on the 22nd. From there, I am going to look at my schedule and try and visit some schools."

If things play out right, the Huskers look like they are in line to get an official visit from Sutton this fall. Sutton will choose his official visits carefully.

"My dad told me that I get five official visits and I will probably take an official visit to Nebraska. I have to make those choices count about where I go to visit."

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