"No doubt about it, I was happy," said Sutton. "I'm glad I'm down here. It's already been fun."
Sutton, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound athlete from Warsaw (NC) James Kenan High School, led his team to the 1AA state title over the weekend. He was named MVP after rushing for 186 yards and two touchdown while also posting a team-high nine tackles.
"Our season went good," said Sutton. "We were missing some key players off the line, but to win the state title that was great. Our boys stepped up."
Perhaps the team's toughest win came a week earlier against rival Wallace (NC) Rose Hill High School.
"The big game was the win over Rose-Hill," he added. "It's always good beating a rival. That was a real big game. It was like the Super Bowl of Duplin County... it was big winning that one."
Two weeks ago the NC State commitment was in Raleigh for his official visit. What did he think of the trip?
"Man, it was great," Sutton said. "I like it down there. Everybody is cool. The coaches, they talk to you like you're already a player there... made me feel real comfortable.
"Coach Kitchings, my recruiting coach, he's real cool. He showed me around. He's... it's like he's not just a recruiting coach. He's a friend to me. That's what I like most about him."
A versatile talent, Sutton can play multiple positions, and he says the Wolfpack is recruiting him as an "athlete." He'll be playing defense this weekend for North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl.
"State likes me at kick returner, running back, inside receiver, or safety," said Sutton. "Out here I'm playing free safety. I played it in high school so I'm comfortable with it. I've already improved some at it out here working with the coaches.
"I'm taking it day-by-day out here. I'm trying to get better."
Sutton, who is ranked a three-star recruit by Scout.com, is eager to see how he stacks up this week.
"I just want to come out here and compete with all these guys," he said. "They've got these big rankings. I just want to be out here and run around with them, see where I fit in at.
"With the game, I want to do what I can to help us get the 'W.'"