Sutherland Keeping His Options Open

TCU hosted its second Junior Day last weekend, and Flower Mound Marcus offensive lineman Keaton Sutherland was one of the recruits in attendance.

Keaton Sutherland's first offer came from TCU last June after he impressed the coaches at a camp the Horned Frogs hosted, and the offensive tackle from Flower Mound Marcus went back to TCU for a Junior Day visit last weekend.

Sutherland was in Fort Worth in November to see the Horned Frogs play against Baylor, but Saturday was the first time he took in the whole campus.

"I like how the dorms and the cafeteria were beautiful - just like the scenery," Sutherland said. "The facilities were obviously really good. I liked it."

Sutherland received his first offer in June and eight more offers have come his way since. He has taken trips to Arkansas and Oklahoma and plans to check out a few more schools in the coming months. He said he is going to a Texas Junior Day and will visit Arkansas and Ole Miss when it fits his schedule.

Although he has two brothers that currently attend Arkansas, Sutherland said he does not have any favorites at this point and will not make his final decision for a while.

"I'm just staying open," he said. "Right now, I'm thinking that I'll probably decide after next season or maybe a little bit before, but it all might change."

Sutherland said he enjoyed his time with a few of the coaches on the Horned Frog staff, but TCU does have some characteristics that appeal to the 6'5" lineman.

"I think the strengths are it's the closest school for me just being 45 minutes away, and how it's got a small college in a big city kind of feel, where everything that you want for the college is right there, but it's still a big time college, obviously."

He said he is happy with the amount of interest he is getting now and would be fine choosing from the schools that have offered him to this point.

"I was just happy to have one (offer). So now that I have as many as I do it's just harder to read my options because I don't have a favorite school or a dream school or anything, so I'm not really looking for any more offers. I'm just trying to narrow down my decision."

Before he moved to offensive tackle his junior year, Sutherland played defensive end as a sophomore, and he believes that experience on defense has made him a better offensive lineman. He believes his understanding of defense and his quick feet are his biggest strengths.

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