Four-star sophomore hears from Irish

Four-star sophomore athlete Jonathan Sutherland holds three offers and the attention of several other top programs. Notre Dame has shown early interest in the 6-foot, 190-pounder from Alexandria, Va.

An injury limited Jonathan Sutherland to just seven games last season but the sophomore showed enough to land early offers from East Carolina, Rutgers and Vanderbilt.

The 6-foot, 190-pound two-way standout from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., also has drawn interest from several other college programs, including Notre Dame.

“Everything is going well,” Sutherland said. “I’ve been in contact with various schools like Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Wake Forest and a couple schools in the ACC and Big Ten.”

Notre Dame has stuffed Sutherland’s mailbox but the Irish have yet to make direct contact. That could change this spring and summer when Sutherland showcases his skills at several camps and combines.

He also hopes to visit several schools in the coming months after traveling to Columbus in February.

“I took a visit to Ohio State in February and I might be going on a visit to North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke,” he said. “(OSU) was a great visit. I’m staying in touch with the coach. Hopefully this summer I’ll go down to their university coach and see if I can get an offer then.”

Sutherland’s plan is to see several schools during the off-season, then focus on identifying his favorites during his junior year.

“I’m kind of taking the recruiting process kind of slow,” he said. “I’m just working on my overall craft and my skill set. I’ll start thinking about schools this upcoming summer and next year during my junior season.”

As a sophomore, Sutherland recorded more than 50 tackles, picked off four passes and scored four touchdowns despite a dislocated elbow that cut his season in half. He played free safety, running back and special teams.

“I’m very aggressive on the defensive side of the ball. I’m not afraid to put my nose in there. I like hitting a lot,” he said. “Offensively, I’m versatile. I can play in any kind of offense at running back, slot back, receiver.”

Sutherland also plays basketball and runs track at Episcopal.


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