When you talk Oklahoma’s 2017 class, known as SoonerSquad17, all the attention goes to the high school recruits.
The Sooners currently have 14 of their 18 high school commits in the Scout 300 for the third-ranked class.
OU might add a No. 15 four-star prospect when it’s all said and done with Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC running back/athlete Marcelias Sutton.
Sutton, currently ranked a three-star prospect, will get his season underway this weekend after what has been an emotional time following the death of one of his best friends, Gary Gore.
Sutton originally wanted to change his number from No. 1 to No. 20, but said now he intends to put No. 20 on as many things as possible and dedicate his game to him.
“I want to run the ball for him,” Sutton said. “It’s basically me playing with another chip on my shoulder. It’s something that will push me that much harder.”
Sutton wasn’t the primary focus of last year’s offense for the Falcons, but the word regarding this season has been 18 carries. That’s not too bad considering how big of a factor Sutton is likely to play in the receiving game and as a kickoff returner.
He said he’s as healthy as he’s ever been and after a disappointing end to the season last year for Lackawanna, they want to do things right.
“It’s about doing your job,” Sutton said. “Being a leader of the team, I know I have to help everybody stay level-headed. But the guys know after the way the season ended that we can’t have that happen again.”
Sutton believes he’s gearing up for the best year of his career. He’s still the same weight, but he said he feels quicker and faster and a lot more comfortable in the Lackawanna offense. He’s also seeing the holes a lot better than he ever was before.
Not only is he the only juco commit for OU, but he also didn’t even have his own moment by committing on the same day as Tulsa (Okla.) Union’s Tre Brown.
That has not mattered, though, as Sutton said he remains 100 percent set with the Sooners because of coaches Lincoln Riley and Jay Boulware.
“Coach Boulware – I talk to him every day,” Sutton said. “He’s the best recruiting coach I’ve ever had in my life. Him and Coach Riley always stay in touch. I’ll fight for those guys.
Staying in touch has meant a lot to Sutton.
“It shows me their character by the way they’re still actually talking to me whenever they can,” Sutton said. “I wouldn’t change my decision for anything in this world.”
One thing they’re still trying to lock down is when he will actually see the campus. Sutton committed without ever stepping foot in Norman and he was one of the only ones to not make the #ChampUBBQ in July.
And it won’t be Ohio State weekend, either. Sutton is hoping he can visit in October, but he stressed that it doesn’t really matter too much to him. The goal is to be in Norman in January with three years to play two seasons’ worth of eligibility.
Helping out the OU cause right now is the success his former Lackawanna boys are having in their first year in Norman. Offensive lineman Ashton Julious and linebackers Kapri Doucet and Emmanuel Beal are all faring well at OU even if it doesn’t guarantee they’ll see a huge amount of playing time.
“I talk to my boys like every day,” Sutton said. “I can tell by the way they’re talking that OU really cares about them. It means a lot to see them do well because it shows Lackawanna does put you in position to succeed and play.
“All I’m asking for is an opportunity.”
That opportunity remains the one in Norman for Sutton following this season. Sutton didn’t always do things right, which has fueled his fire to where he wants to be going forward.
“Not being able to go to a college right out of high school pushes me that much more,” Sutton said. “I haven’t been where I was supposed to be for so long that I’m going to get this right.”