Warsaw (NC) standout Marcelias Sutton originally signed with NC State in 2014, but after failing to qualify academically he chose to attend Lackawanna College, a junior college football power.
The Falcons captured the Northeast Conference title for the first time since 2006, and 25 players signed letters of intent with colleges after the season.
Sutton, who played his high school ball at James Kenan (NC) High School, says that he really benefited from his first season at the school and has adjusted to playing football in Pennsylvania.
"It's been alright," said Sutton. "[Laughing] It's real cold, but I like the coaches up here a lot. I've really got better. I'm stronger than I was in high school, and I think playing here has helped me improve my vision. I don't know what it is, but I just feel more comfortable running the ball."
This season he backed up sophomore Terry Norris, a third-team JUCO All-American who led the Falcons in rushing with 934 yards and eight touchdowns. Sutton played in eight games, rushing for 469 yards (6.3 yards per carry) and three scores. He added six receptions for 122 yards (20.3 yards per catch) and another score. Sutton also led the Falcons in return yardage, as he averaged an absurd 35.4 yards per kick return.
"I played running back and returner, and I was used as a slotback some too," he said. "With it being my first year I was playing second-string running back, but this year the plan is me being the main back... coming up to the starting position, so it should be good."
Focused on football and academics, Sutton'scollege plans are set... he remains committed to NC State.
"I'm fully committed to State," said Sutton. "They plan on me enrolling next year in January They've stayed committed to me, and that means a lot. They have faith in me, and I'm trying to prove to them that I can do everything right in school and make it back. Hopefully I can contribute to the school when I get there.
"I'm ready to come back down south. I'm ready to come back home. It's only about 45 minutes away from the house too. That would be good."
Sutton has maintained contact with the Wolfpack coaching staff and attended NC State's matchups with Syracuse and North Carolina last fall.
"I've been talking with coach Des Kitchings every week," he said. "We make sure we stay in contact. When I was on Thanksgiving break I came up for two games too and got to talk with coach Doeren."
Sutton could certainly garner additional recruiting attention with a huge sophomore season at Lackawanna, but he has shut the door on his recruitment.
"I'm committed," he stated. "My coaches have pretty much let the other colleges know that I'm already committed."
The rising sophomore tailback is on track to enroll at NC State in January of 2017. He would have three years to play two seasons.