Chaz Sutton: Signed, sealed, delivered
The 6'5", 240 pound Chaz Sutton, who is rated by Scout.com as the no. 37 defensive end prospect in America this recruiting year, originally committed to Florida last summer. However, the Gators backed off of Sutton after some concerns about his academics arose. All the while, USC coaches John Hunt and Brad Lawing had maintained contact with Sutton since his pledge to UF and were happy to step in after he and the Gators parted ways.
Sutton took an official visit to South Carolina last weekend and left Columbia knowing that USC was the place for him. According to Sutton, he simply felt at home at South Carolina.
"I like the program as a whole. I think I can go in and make an early impact as a Gamecock," said Sutton. "I like Coach Spurrier, and it's a place I can call home for the next four years."
According to Sutton, he has set some high goals for himself early in his Gamecock career.
"I'm going to work hard. I think I can make some plays for them, and hopefully I'll get freshman All-American or All-SEC."
Sutton was asked to give Gamecock fans a taste of what they can expect from him over the next four years, and he replied by stating that he's a versatile and athletic force off the edge.
"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."
GamecockAnthem.com talked with Jenkins High School Head Coach Tim Adams, and he spoke very highly of Sutton and the impact that he's had on their football program throughout the course of his high school career.
"He's been a four year starter, and he's moved around to different positions," said Adams. "His freshman year because of his speed he played free safety and wide receiver. He was only about 165 pounds then, but he kept getting bigger. We moved him to linebacker, and he also ran the ball a lot his junior year. I think he rushed for almost 800 yards his junior year. Then finally his senior year we were deep enough to allow him to play where he should be on an every day basis at defensive end. He grew and matured, and he's meant a lot to our program."
Adams also reiterated Suttons' comments about the skill-set that he possesses as a defensive end.
"He's got that rare combination of size and speed. If you take his speed away, he's just another big guy. But he's got that explosiveness that separates him," he said. "I think he's going to do very well in college. He's a kid that's going to work hard, and he obviously has the physical tools to succeed."
Sutton, who is also a track standout, racked up an estimated 110 tackles and 27.5 sacks in his senior season. He also totaled 5 sacks in the Georgia North-South all star game last month. He becomes USC's 22nd commitment in the 2008 recruiting class.
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