James Kenan RB/DB Marcelias Sutton was a late addition to the Shrine Bowl roster after Page defensive end Lorenzo Featherston decided not to participate. Sutton lined up at safety and played well in North Carolina's disappointing 23-21 loss to South Carolina. He would finish the contest with three tackles and one tackle for loss.
With his high school career now complete, Sutton can focus on
preparing for the next step in his football career. Part of that
process occurred recently when he made his official visit to NC
State. Sutton is an extremely versatile athlete that has shown he
can help in a variety of ways. That versatility is something the
Wolfpack coaches talked to Sutton at length about during his trip to
"I talked to every last one of the coaches and they all wanted me to
know they're trying to get me to embrace the family role there. They
want me as a running back, an inside receiver and a kick returner so
I'm going to be doing a little bit of everything," he said.
While specifics were light in that regard in terms of the number of
touches and the possibility of a redshirt the 5-9, 180-pound back
from Warsaw said he was satisfied. He did say the coaches spoke at
length about the pistol offense and how he might fit into that
scheme prominently in different spots on the field.
Sutton has been to the State's campus many times since the Wolfpack
started recruiting him. He said he's been to the school three times
in addition to all of the games he has attended.
Since this trip was an official he was able to see a little bit
"The thing I liked most was how cool the coaches were and how down
to earth everybody was. Everybody's cool. Everybody can relate. My
host was Jack Tocho and me and him were cool. Malcolm Means was real
cool, too. They made it feel like home," he said.
"I hung around Dexter (Wright) a lot and he's real cool too. We ate
good every day. I forgot the names of all the places but we had a
couple of different places. Big breakfasts and everything you can
name. All different types of pancakes. It was everything you could
want. For lunch it was everything."
Sutton's stats in 2013 were staggering. He helped lead Kenan to a
state title while being named the game's most valuable player after
amassing 188 yards rushing and two touchdowns. On the season he
rushed for 1,343 yards and 19 touchdowns while tallying 47 tackles
and 3.5 tackles for loss on defense.
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