Since being offered by the University of Wisconsin in early May, McKeesport (PA) Area linebacker Tymar Sutton has wanted to take a closer look at the Badgers’ facilities, campus and the coaching staff.
He got that opportunity during an unofficial visit to the school Monday, and it didn’t disappoint.
“Everything was more than what I expected,” Sutton told BadgerNation. “Everything was great, the facilities, the coaches, everything. The field was amazing. I know it’s not a game day but when game day comes, I know it’s 10 times better when Madison comes out to see the Badgers play. It was lovely.”
Sutton was so impressed that he is already saving one of his official visits for Wisconsin, likely the October 3 home game against Iowa. Recruited in part by defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Sutton has seen his relationship grown with a bevy of Badgers coaches over the last month.
“It was great getting a chance to talk to all the coaches,” said Sutton. “Coach Chryst said he wants what’s best for me, that it’s a process and to enjoy everything. Coach Aranda is a great guy. He pretty much told me I can come in, compete and bring more to Badgers football. He was telling me about all the guys he’s coaching and that I’m a step ahead of them. He wants me to come in and play the inside rover position. I mainly blitz a lot (in high school). The 3-4 defense is different from what I do in high school but I’d feel good about moving to the inside.”
Rated a three-star linebacker and the No.79 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Sutton also marveled at all the new upgrades that Badgers have done to their program in the last few years.
“Their locker room was ridiculously new,” said Sutton, who came on the trip with his high school coach and their junior quarterback Jay Shears. “It was real impressive with a lot of space. There was just something about it that I really liked.”
Wisconsin is one of over a dozen scholarship offers for Sutton, who won’t have a top list until before the start of the season. While he holds other power five scholarship offers from Boston College, Illinois, Maryland, Syracuse and West Virginia, Sutton is getting interest from North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.
While he has no camps currently planned, Sutton is hoping to revisit Maryland (he stopped at College Park for the school’s spring game in April), visit Illinois (which is recruiting him ‘very hard’) and could drive over to Pittsburgh.
“Right now I’m working on getting myself and my teammates better,” said Sutton. “It’s my senior year, and we’ve got some goals to take care of.”
In addition to Wisconsin, Sutton hopes to take official visits to two or three other officials before announcing his decision.