Sutton ready to compete

Recent Badger commit discusses why favored Wisconsin from the beginning

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Detroit Crockett linebacker Nick Sutton long had an affinity for Wisconsin football.


"During the recruitment process, they were always my first choice," Sutton said, adding that the Badgers began recruiting him in the fall of his junior year. "Like everything they told me they were going to do, they did it. When they first started recruiting me, coach Mason told me they were going to offer me and they stood by that. They offered me about two months ago."


Crockett also had written scholarship offers from Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Toledo and Colorado. He has taken unofficial visits to Michigan State and Indiana.


Sutton will visit Wisconsin Dec. 5 along with teammate and fellow linebacker John Thompson, to whom the Badgers have also tendered a scholarship offer.


"He has received offers from Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, mostly Big Ten schools, and Georgia," Sutton said.


Crockett enjoyed a successful season, finishing 9-2 with a loss in the city championship to Detroit's Martin Luther King High School and a loss in a state playoff district final to Erie Mason.


Crockett's football program has only existed since 1997, the school itself since 1994. Sutton transferred to Crockett from Cass Tech and for the past two seasons has starred as a linebacker, safety, receiver and fullback.


Crockett plays a base 4-3 defense, but depending on the opponent's personnel will also employ a 4-4 look, with the strong safety moving up close to the line. In the 4-3, Sutton played primarily at an outside linebacker position, but flexes to strong safety when the defense adjusts to a 4-4. Thompson plays inside regardless.


"(Wisconsin) wants to use me at outside linebacker or strong safety," Sutton said.


One of the reasons Sutton was high on Wisconsin is that an old youth football teammate had an opportunity to play early in his career.


"Well I know, a friend of mine, Jonathan Orr, when he committed to Wisconsin I saw how he went up there and contributed immediately—that stood out to me how he was able to come in and have an opportunity to compete and contribute," Sutton said.


Sutton played on the same Police Athletic League team as Orr until high school. Orr, who attended Detroit Henry Ford, started at Wisconsin as a redshirt freshman last season, catching 47 passes for a school freshman record 842 yards and eight touchdowns.


"I know anywhere you go you have to pay your dues but as long as I have an opportunity to compete for a position, you know, that's all I want," Sutton said.

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