TCU First To Offer Sutherland

Flower Mound (TX) Marcus 2015 offensive line prospect Keaton Sutherland picked up a TCU offer on Friday.

A little over a month ago Flower Mound (TX) Marcus 2015 prospect Keaton Sutherland wasn't hearing from many programs. In fact, about the only school to show him interest up to that point was Arkansas, which he visited last year for a junior day.

That changed after he visited TCU on June 14th.

Sutherland was one of nearly 100 prospects who made their way to TCU's offensive/defensive lineman camp that day and he quickly became one of the most talked about recruits in attendance. Sutherland measured in at 6-foot-5, 260-pounds and ran a 5.0 forty, easily one of the top times on the day.

He also showed his versatility during one-on-one's, winning all of his repetitions. It became apparent at that moment that Sutherland had definitely caught the TCU coaches' attention. This is why the Frogs wasted little time extending an offer to the rising prospect, which they did officially on Friday.

The offer came as a complete surprise to Sutherland considering he's only been on the Frogs' radar for a matter of weeks.

"It was a surprise to me, especially since the first time I talked to TCU was at the camp," Sutherland said of the TCU offer. "I'm really excited for the offer. I was really ecstatic just because it's so close to home and to get that as the first offer, I would definitely go to TCU because it's such a nice school and good program."

Sutherland learned of the news after his head coach told him to call TCU coach Gary Patterson. Although Sutherland played defensive end as a sophomore, he says TCU is recruiting him along the offensive line. Regardless which side of the ball he plays, Sutherland made sure Patterson knows that he just wants to play football.

"He said he was impressed with my performance and liked me as a kid," Sutherland said of his talk with Patterson. "He asked me if I liked playing defense or offense more and I told him I just like playing football and it doesn't matter where I play. He said that's good because they like me along the offensive line right now either at center or offensive tackle."

TCU typically isn't a program to offer early scholarships, especially to offensive linemen. Sutherland said he never felt pressured from Patterson to commit, although he said the coach mentioned how happy he would be if he was the first commitment for the 2015 class.

"All he really said is that he'd really like me to be their first 2015 commit but he didn't really say any more about it," he said.

With an offer from TCU on the table, more schools will certainly start to come in the picture. However, up to this point he hasn't heard much from others since his impressive camp performance a few weeks ago.

"Not really, I've received a couple of questionnaires but that's about it," he said.

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