A number of other schools are keeping a close watch on Sutherland's performance this season and have said they could also be offering. "I am getting mail and calls from a lot of schools. ECU, UCLA, Maryland, Penn State, Stanford and Indiana have shown the most interest." Sutherland spent the summer traveling to camps at Penn State, ECU, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. "Except for Penn State, they were all one-day camps."
Sutherland said, though, that he does have a leader at this time. "If I had to pick a number one school right now it would probably be East Carolina," he said. "They're not too far from Virginia Beach, but I do want to take some visits before making a decision."
After a junior season in which he had 70 tackles and five sacks, Sutherland wanted to make sure that coaches had seen his improved size and strength. When he wasn't attending camps, Sutherland spent the summer in the weight room bulking up. He thinks, as a result, he is certain to see his offer list grow as he progresses in his senior year.
Sutherland plays both ways as a defensive end and offensive tackle. If he continues to grow in both strength and size he may well end up as a tackle on either side. "Most schools want me for defense, which I prefer. But I don't care if I play offense as long as I get to play."
The fact that UCLA is showing him interest is a bit unusual, even to him. "I don't know how they (UCLA) heard about me to tell you the truth," Sutherland said. "I do have interest in UCLA, and I'll more than likely take a visit there. I haven't set up any official visits yet. I've spoken with coach (Don) Johnson from UCLA a few times this month."
Sutherland, who will be the first member of his family to attend college, said distance is not a problem for his family. "They want me to go to whatever school I'll be happy at."
He has worked hard in the classroom as well, scoring an 1140 on the SAT and carries a core 3.2 GPA.