DL Prospect Encouraged

<b>Noah Sutherland</b>, the defensive line prospect from Virginia who has officially visited UCLA, was encouraged by the news of Don Johnson being retained on UCLA's staff...

Noah Sutherland, 6-5, 245, 4.7, Virginia Beach (Va.) Floyd E. Kellem, who took his official visit to UCLA on December 6th, said he was still interested in UCLA and is happy that one certain coach has been retained.


Asked if he has received a call from UCLA's new head coach, Karl Dorrell, Sutherland said, "Not yet, but I want to talk with him. I know he was the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos, but that is about it."


When BRO informed Sutherland that Dorrell had retained defensive line coach Don Johnson, who had been recruiting Sutherland for some time, he responded, "That's good."


Since the firing of Bob Toledo, Sutherland has been in contact with coach Johnson regularly up to the time UCLA headed to Las Vegas to prepare to play New Mexico. "I haven't spoken with anyone from UCLA since they went to the Bowl. I guess they have been pretty busy with everything there and then the coaching changes. I remember reading that he (Karl Dorrell) was interviewing the coaches on the staff last Friday."


Sutherland is still considering UCLA, along with Stanford, Indiana and East Carolina, while UCLA is the only trip he has taken so far. "That trip was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. Rodney Leisle hosted me. Some of the players talked about a possible coaching change, and the only time I heard anything from coach Toledo was when I met with him at the end of the trip and he mentioned he should know about the coaching situation in a couple of days."


While the UCLA trip is complete, Sutherland says that the other trips have not been confirmed. "I haven't actually scheduled the trip to Stanford yet, but as far as I know I am going on January 10th. I am also supposed to visit Indiana in January, but nothing is in concrete. I was going to set a date with East Carolina at the end of January also, but I'm not sure anymore with their coaching change."

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