Four-Star LB Visits UNC

Wanting to check out the school – while also catching a Tar Heel basketball game – Johnathan Sutton, a four-star linebacker, visited North Carolina a couple of weekends back.

"It was nice," Sutton said. "It was a real nice campus."

Along with his mother, Sutton, a 5-foot-11, 214-pounder from Swansea (S.C.), traveled to Chapel Hill for UNC's basketball game against Wake Forest. Ron West, the Tar Heels' linebackers coach and Sutton's primary recruiter, served as Sutton's host during his stay.

Before making his way to the Smith Center, Sutton was given a campus tour.

"It was beautiful," Sutton said. "I basically saw everything. I saw the football facilities. It was beautiful – it was like something from the movies."

Sutton also was able to meet individually with Larry Fedora.

"It wasn't all about football," Sutton said. "It was about developing me as a man. And he talked about life for the students."

Sutton's UNC visit was his first since the end of his football season. During the football season, he attended two Clemson football games. He has also visited Florida State and NC State.

The lack of recruiting trips is greatly attributed to the season-ending injury Sutton suffered three games into his junior season. He tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus.

Sutton estimates that his knee is 75-80 percent recovered.

"It's coming along," Sutton said. "I'm getting better and better. I'm running now. I'll start making cuts in about two weeks."

The injury hasn't stopped schools from offering Sutton a scholarship. Nearly 20 schools have offered, including Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, UNC, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

"I'm interested in all the schools, really," Sutton said. "I don't really have a top school. I'm just trying to figure what's best for me."

Sutton says that Clemson, Georgia, and UNC are recruiting him the hardest.

As a sophomore, Sutton made 75 tackles – including 21 for a loss – and forced six fumbles. He also rushed for 233 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries.

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