Is Sutton USC bound?

Jenkins (Savannah, GA) 3-star defensive end Chaz Sutton made his official visit to South Carolina over the weekend to see what all the Gamecocks have to offer. Did the explosive defender enjoy his time in Columbia, and where do the Gamecocks now stand in the race for his services? Read inside to find out.


The 6'5", 240 pound Sutton, who is ranked by Scout.com as the no. 37 defensive end prospect in America this recruiting year, said he learned a lot about USC and enjoyed talking with several of the Gamecock coaches while in Columbia.

"It went good. I got a chance to see the campus and look closer at the school academic-wise. I met with the coaches, and they showed me the depth chart and the facilities," said Sutton. "Coach Spurrier told me that he wants me to be a Gamecock. We also talked about a lot of stuff school-wise and what I need to do to qualify and everything."

Sutton had the opportunity to meet South Carolina's new defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, and he came away impressed with Johnson's knowledge of the game and vision for the Gamecock defense.

"I ate breakfast with (Ellis Johnson) on Saturday morning and got to talk with him a little bit. He's pretty cool. He just seems like he knows the game. He knows a lot about football, and he said he's there to make the program better."

Sutton originally committed to Florida last summer, but the Gators dropped him a few weeks ago because of academics concerns and he hasn't talked with them since. According to Sutton, the Gamecocks are now the clear frontrunner for his services, and he may end up signing with USC on Wednesday.

"I haven't heard from Florida since whatever happened," he said. "Right now Carolina's ahead of everybody, and there's a chance I could sign with Carolina on Wednesday. I'm not sure yet."

Sutton told GamecockAnthem.com last week that he was considering taking a closer look at schools like Clemson and Rutgers before making a final decision, but when asked if he was still considering those programs, he replied, "Not really."

The athletic defender, who racked up an estimated 110 tackles and 27.5 sacks in his senior season, closed by describing what type of player he is on the gridiron.

"I'm very versatile. I can do a lot of different things. I can play with my hand down or up. I can rush the passer. I play the run strong. I'm fast and quick off the ball. I can read formations and tell what plays are coming at me and what plays are going away from me. That's the kind of player I am."


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