Versatile Texan defenseman talks Cougar offer

THESE DAYS IN recruiting it seems like more and more prep prospects have the potential to line up at multiple spots. For a recent Washington State offeree, he's being recruited as a defensive "athlete" and says it doesn't matter where he's positioned in college -- safety, linebacker or somewhere else.

Courtland Sutton out of Brenham, Texas, about 75 miles east of Houston, was offered by the Washington State coaches about three weeks ago. His versatility appears to be a major factor why.

The 6-3, 200-pounder starred for Brenham High in Texas this past season at safety and cornerback, but said he's packed on some weight since the offseason, which could open another door down the road.

"I could line up for them at multiple positions," Sutton said of Washington State. "I could play safety for them, but I've talked with the coaches as well about me possibly playing some outside linebacker. They like my size and I have great speed for where I'm at.

"The coaches up there like my style of play and complimented me on my football knowledge. In watching my film, they said they liked how I am able to dissect plays before they even happen."

Sutton also played some flex tight end for Brenham in 2012, recording 10 receptions and 121 yards according to Max Preps. Defensively, he had four picks on the season.

With his size and speed, Sutton has been getting a lot of recruiting attention. He holds offers from Colorado, BYU, Texas State, Rice and Tulsa in addition to Washington State.

He went on to say that WSU, Texas State, Colorado, BYU and Arizona State (yet to offer) make up his top five.

WASHINGTON STATE IS the most recent school to put an offer on the table.

"I like that offer a whole lot," Sutton said. "It was one of those things where they offered me and they became a top team for me pretty quick. I like them because the coaches have told me about the great atmosphere, which is growing up there. They're working on so many different projects up there and it looks like they're going to be a top contender soon.

"I know it's a big community feel up there too and Coach Mike Leach has a lot of experience under his belt. I'm going to keep doing research on them and learn more as I go with the process. I know I'll be taking an official visit up there, though."

SUTTON SAID HE and the coaches are still working out the details on his official visit to Wazzu. He added that he's planning on also taking officials to Colorado, BYU, Arizona State and one more school to be determined later in the fall.

Texas State, also in his top five, is close to home for Sutton, so he said he's not planning on using an official visit to tour their campus.

"I want to take my time with this decision," Sutton said. "I'll probably wait until midway through my football season to make the call. If I get more offers once the season starts, then I might wait until after the season is done."

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