ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 among those pursuing S Jonathan Sutherland

Mar. 21 -- Four-star defensive back Jonathan Sutherland’s scholarship offer list has grown to over 20. The Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal safety spoke with Scout about the latest developments in his recruitment...

After another great season, it should come as no surprise that Jonathan Sutherland's recruitment continues to gain momentum.

One of the most recent schools to offer the Episcopal standout was Michigan.

“They’ve been recruiting me since day one, so to get that offer is a true blessing,” said the 6-foot, 196-pound Sutherland. “Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and his staff have a lot of great experience and they had a really good first season, so I know it’s going to translate to great things in the future. Coach Harbaugh has also been extremely successful in both college and the NFL and that’s definitely very impressive and grabs your attention. It shows that he has a lot of knowledge and that’s something he could share to help you in the future.

“(Defensive backs) coach (Michael) Zordich is recruiting me and we’ve talked on the phone a few times. I really like that he’s very straight up with you. He’s talked to me about schemes and he has a lot of knowledge. He also really cares about his players and makes sure they are prepared to play at a very high level.”

Louisville was the next school to pull the trigger.

“Coach (Bobby) Petrino is doing a great job and has obviously had a lot of success,” Sutherland said. “I’ve spoken with (defensive assistant) coach (Karibi) Dede and I definitely like him. He’s a great guy and he also cares about his players. He makes sure they’re ready socially, academically and athletically.

“What stands out to me about Louisville is the secondary. They've produced many safeties and one of favorites – Calvin Pryor – actually played there. I look up him and I really like the way he plays the game.”

According to Sutherland, he will take trips to both the aforementioned schools this spring.

The last places he visited were a few Pac-12 schools and Sutherland’s first stop was USC.

“It was my first time on the West Coast and the USC visit was great,” he said.  “I loved it everything about it – the campus, facilities and how the coaches coach the players.

“I talked to coach (Clay) Helton and (defensive backs) coach (Ronnie) Bradford. They talked to me about the program and how I’d fit into their defensive schemes. They also talked about how they wanted to continue to communicate and develop a relationship.”

His next trip was to UCLA.

“I had a great visit at UCLA,” Sutherland said. “The coaching staff and I clicked and got along well. One of my former teammates – (senior defensive tackle) Eli Ankou – actually goes to school there. And I really liked the vibe on campus and all the renovations they’re doing to the facilities are really impressive.

“While I was there, I had a chance to speak with (defensive line) coach (Angus) McClure and (defensive backs) coach (Demetrice) Martin. They told me that they wanted to stay in touch, continue to develop a relationship and evaluate me more.”

According to Sutherland, he also plans to visit Boston CollegeDukeNorth CarolinaSyracuseVirginia Tech and Wake Forest this spring, as well as others.

Sutherland claims no favorites at this time, but hopes to trim his list down this spring. He would like to make his decision sometime before the start of his senior season.


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