Sutton headed to prep school

Highly regarded defensive end Chaz Sutton was one of the gems of South Carolina's 2008 signing class, but unfortunately the explosive edge-rusher didn't qualify out of high school and is now headed to Fork Union Military Academy this fall. spoke with Sutton on Wednesday night, and he answered the question that is on every USC fan's mind: Is he still planning to come to Carolina?

The 6'4", 240 pound Sutton, who was rated by as the no. 37 defensive end prospect in the country during the 2008 recruiting cycle, confirmed to on Wednesday night that he plans to go to prep school this fall with the full intention of enrolling at South Carolina once he qualifies - possibly as soon as January.

"I'm heading to Fork Union for a semester. They sent the application down here, and I just sent it back," said Sutton. "I'm just going to work hard up there and try to get back to Carolina as quick as possible."

Sutton was committed to the Florida Gators for several months during the recruiting process, but the two sides ended up parting ways once it appeared that Sutton wouldn't qualify. Some have speculated that the Gators may try to sway Sutton to Gainesville again while he's at Fork Union, but when asked about that possibility, the athletic Savannah, GA native reiterated that he is still very firm in his pledge to USC.

"South Carolina is where I want to go. I'm still firmly committed," he said emphatically.

Sutton is likely to be joined at Fork Union by two other 2008 USC signees this fall - Ronald Byrd and Darrell Simmons.

If all goes as well as hoped, the trio will be able to enroll at Carolina in January for the spring semester. They will still have their full five years to play four eligibility clock.

Stay tuned to in the coming months as we will keep track of South Carolina's prep school placements as they adjust to life at FUMA, both on and off the field.

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