So does Suder have a preference on the line? "I like both," he said. "On offense, I like levelling people and making holes for our running back. On defense, I like making tackles and stepping up for the team."
Since his coaches advised against going to the various team camps and combines this past spring and summer, Suder got noticed the old-fashioned way - by chance. "Bobby Lepori was a star player here last year, so all sorts of schools came by school," he said. "When they saw his film they also saw me and my highlights. A lot of schools called in the spring - Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Colorado State, Stanford, Duke, UNR (Nevada-Reno), Fresno State."
Washington, Duke and Stanford have all offered and they are Suder's top-three college choices. Here's a quick breakdown of Suder's favorites.
Washington - "They have a strong family bond, but are having some problems now. They are rebuilding. Coach (Keith) Gilbertson seems like a nice guy and Coach (John) Pettas always calls. They seem interested in me, instead of telling me what they are doing. They call to see how I am. In fact, all three of those schools do that. I like that. Other schools call, and all they want to talk about is what they are doing."
Duke - "I see a strong program building there. They have 12 freshmen starting there this year. I'm close to a lot of the coaches there. They have good academics and I feel like they think I'm a top priority."
Stanford - "They have a really strong football program right now. Their academics are really good too."
Suder just took the SAT two weeks ago and his core GPA is 3.5. Stanford is the one school known for its arduous application process, and Suder is well on his way toward finishing it for admission. "The coaches have told me that I'm a really strong student and that I could fit in there," he said. "I do need a decent score on my SAT, so that's what I'm looking for. I've already sent off the first couple of parts of my application, so I'm just really waiting on my SAT score."
So is it a done deal for the Cardinal if Suder gets admitted into school in Palo Alto? "That I really don't know yet," he said. "It will all depend on when I take my trips and see how I fit in." Suder is planning on taking visits to all three of his favorites before committing, but no dates have been scheduled yet. "I'm going to worry about the rest of my season first, then take my visits in December and hopefully have a decision by the first of the year."
Is there a leader from the three favorites? "Well, I've been getting more letters from Duke, so if I had to pick a front-runner, it would be them," said Suder. "But the other teams are right there with them."
Joe Suder Scout Profile
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