After starting to build a nice relationship with offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and special teams coach Chris Haering at Pittsburgh, McKeesport (PA) Area outside linebacker Tymar Sutton had to start over when the two coaches recruiting him left for the University of Wisconsin.
When both coaches, along with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, came calling with a Badgers offer on Tuesday, Sutton already felt ahead of the curve.
“My quarterback coach gave me a folder with a lot of Wisconsin stuff in it (this afternoon) and said Wisconsin was giving me an offer,” Sutton told BadgerNation. “I was expecting (an offer) but not right then and there. I know those two coaches pretty well from their time at Pittsburgh.”
With those two coaches heading to Wisconsin to work, the 6-0, 209-pound prospect had a working knowledge of the Badgers before Aranda started a dialogue with him.
“I know Wisconsin is a great school academic wise,” said Sutton. “Their academics is one of the best in the country. It will set me up not just for the next four years but all the years after that. It’s a school I want to look into. They have a good tradition of winning, making bowl games and winning Big Ten championships.”
Ranked a three-star prospect and the No.78 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Sutton holds offers from Army, Buffalo, Miami (OH) Navy, Ohio, Robert Morris, Toledo and West Virginia, which he says is his favorite school currently.
“The one that stands out the most is West Virginia,” said Sutton. “They were my first offer but that’s the only place I’ve been that’s offered me. I still need to see where I fit in with other schools.”
“My weaknesses would probably be consistently catching interceptions, which is something I have to work on,” said Sutton. “My strengths are is coming down hill to hit and preventing yards after the catch in coverage. I have good speed, strength and a good IQ as far as reading the linemen.”