Sutherland was a former defensive lineman who was making the transition to offense. At 6-foot-5, 260-pounds with 5.0 speed, Sutherland was an offensive lineman coach's dream.
What looked to be a promising junior season was cut short by an injury. Sutherland actually injured his labrum last spring, but at the request of his doctor he had surgery on it early this season.
"I only got to play four games this season because I injured my labrum," Sutherland said. "I'm a little over six weeks out and I'm feeling great. Rehab is going good also."
TCU, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Baylor, Rutgers, Ole Miss and Texas Tech have offered the Scout.com Top 300, four-star prospect. Sutherland has had a busy schedule this fall, attending several games this season.
"I've been to two Oklahoma games, two Arkansas games, Ole Miss and I went to the Baylor and Tech game at Cowboys Stadium," he said. "I'd have to say Arkansas is recruiting me the hardest."
Arkansas is the first school that started recruiting Sutherland, a relationship that began his sophomore year at Marcus. Sutherland also has two older brothers who attend Arkansas but the linemen admits that won't play a huge factor considering both will be gone by the time he's ready to start college.
"I like them a lot," Sutherland said of Arkansas. "But by the time I went to college my brothers would already be gone so that won't be a big factor to me. Arkansas is the first team that started recruiting so I've had a good relationship with them and they've been recruiting me hard."
TCU was the first program to offer Sutherland after a very impressive summer camp performance in Ft. Worth. It's been a while since he's been to the Ft. Worth campus, last visiting them over the summer. Despite TCU's struggles, Sutherland still holds the Frogs in high regard.
"I think I'm going to go to their game this week against Baylor," he said. "I think they're still battling and I've talked with Coach Williamson and he said they've had a lot of injuries so I understand how that impacts how they've been playing. But, I think they've still done pretty good with the injuries and how the offensive line doesn't have much depth."
Sutherland says TCU's decision to offer him first will have an impact on his decision.
"It does make an impact because I feel like some of the other schools showed interest once they saw TCU showed interest first," he said of the Frogs.
Does Sutherland have a leader at the moment?
"I'm keeping everything open-minded," he finished.