Sutton Recruiting Williams

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. --- North Carolina already had a couple of advantages with ensuring Ty’Son Williams enrolls in January as planned – thanks to him signing an ASA. This week, the staff received another – fellow pledge Johnathan Sutton.

Williams, a 5-foot-11, 207-pound running back from Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood, committed to UNC in late July and signed an Athletic Scholarship Agreement (ASA) with the school shortly thereafter. An ASA is only binding for the school, but it permits the coaching staff perks not afford to outside coaches, such as unlimited phone calls and additional contact visits.

A fairly simplistic recruitment became complicated when Williams took a “secret” official visit to Wisconsin in mid-November. He told Inside Carolina on Monday that he remains committed to UNC, but is still considering the Badgers.

Both Sutton and Williams were selected to play in the “Touchstone Energy Cooperatives” North-South Bowl this Saturday. In preparation for the game, the duo arrived in Myrtle Beach on Sunday. Since reporting, Sutton has been in Williams’s ear about honoring his commitment.

“He’s going to come,” the 5-foot-11, 214-pound linebacker from Swansea (S.C.) said. “But I’ve been talking to him.”

UNC received yet another boost on Wednesday night when Wisconsin’s head coach, Gary Andersen, accepted Oregon State’s vacant head coach position.

Not only were Sutton and Williams both selected to the North-South Bowl, they will be teammates on the South squad.

“We have a beast on both sides of the field,” Sutton said. “I know I can just go out there and play ball, because I know he’s going to do his job.”

That was until Williams was pulled from the game because of a groin injury.

During the football season, Sutton made two visits to UNC – games against Virginia Tech in October and NC State in November.

“It’s an amazing atmosphere,” Sutton said. “They show support. The team showed fight and a lot of effort. When I come up there, the outcomes will be different because they have a lot of young kids [playing].”

Although UNC lost both contests, the visits provided Sutton and opportunity to evaluate UNC’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme in-person. Sutton believes he’ll fit perfect at either linebacker position.

Firmly committed, UNC is the only school that Sutton plans to visit. His next trip will likely be his official the weekend of Jan. 17.

“I want to go around and visit the dorms,” Sutton said. “I want to see the classes and just see how everything goes.”

In the meantime, Sutton will continue to stay in contact with Ron West, UNC’s linebackers coach and Sutton’s primary recruiter.

“He just tells me to stay committed and keep my grades up,” Sutton said.

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