ND impresses 4-star corner

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal four-star cornerback Jonathan Sutherland could return to Notre Dame for Irish Invasion following a first visit to campus last weekend.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Notre Dame hosted a couple four-star Canadian natives last weekend for the first time in junior cornerback Jonathan Sutherland and junior defensive end Luiji Vilain.

The Irish impressed Sutherland to the point that he might return next weekend.

“That was the first time I visited Notre Dame and I was definitely satisfied with what I saw in regards to campus life and overall facilities,” Sutherland said. “I would say that it was a great visit.”

Sutherland, who attends Episcopal in Alexandria, Va., spoke with assistants Keith Gilmore and Todd Lyght about potentially adding an Irish offer.

“We spoke about me heading up to Irish Invasion and I plan on maybe going back for it,” Sutherland said. “I know it’s a huge recruiting camp for them, so it would be cool to see and work out in front of the entire coaching staff.”

Sutherland touts offers from Boston College, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin.  

“I’m taking it nice and slow right now,” Sutherland said. “Academics will first of all be most important because football doesn’t last forever so I want something that sets me up for life. I want coaches that will be there for a while and a good defensive scheme. I want to play for an aggressive defense that emphasizes contact, hard hitting and just good football.”

As a sophomore, Sutherland posted more than 50 tackles, registered four interceptions and scored four touchdowns as a running back in just half a season’s worth of play after a dislocated elbow cut his sophomore season short.  

The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect will participate in Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit this Thursday and Friday. Notre Dame coaches Brian Kelly, Mike Denbrock and Brian VanGorder are expected to be in attendance.

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