St. Charles (MO)Francis Howell 2015 ATH Sutton Smith 6'0" 197 is a prospect that has gotten a lot of attention from colleges across the country already.
Schools such as Alabama, Missouri, TCU, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas State, Georgia, Florida State and Northern Illinois among others have invited Smith to their junior days and are showing interest in and are recruiting Smith.
Today, he picked up his first offer from NIU.
"Last weekend me and my parents went to Northern Illinois to meet Coach Kane and tour the Northern Illinois facilities and campus. I actually thought there would be other recruits there, but I was surprised that I was the only one there. It was kind of like being on a personalized Junior day just for me, which was awesome," said Smith.
"NIU didn't offer me before we left, which was okay because Coach Carey asked me to discuss the possibility of being a Huskie with my parents and consult with my head coach (Bryan Koch) when we get back. We agreed to re-connect this week and I called Coach Kane today and he offered me over the phone."
Smith was pleased to get his first offer he has worked so hard to earn.
"This was an extremely happy day for me and I feel humbled and honored that NIU offered me. I didn't accept just yet because its early in the recruiting process and I have several other visits and 1-day camps planned. If possible, I would really like to make a decision before the start of my senior year," said Smith.
Sutton filled me in more on his unofficial visit to NIU the previous weekend.
"Coach Kane was my tour guide and he showed me everything including where I would fit into their defensive system. During the tour he also gave me a sense of what it would be like to prepare for a college game, which was really cool. He introduced me to the strength coaches and I got to visit with Coach Niemann who's the defensive coordinator. The highlight of the day was meeting Head Coach Rod Carey. We sat down and talked for a good 30 minutes or so. He's really genuine and I know my parents felt the same way," said Smith.
"I also got to see the new dorm where the players live and I was introduced to several freshman defensive players who I got talk with for a short while. The only regret was having to leave a little earlier than we wanted to so we could beat the winter weather that was moving into the St. Louis area."
The talented Smith plays running back and safety for the Francis Howell Vikings. However, he also exhibited the ability to play slot receiver at the Elite Football Combine held recently, and was the top performer there, including being the fastest player on the day with a 4.46 forty time.
Look for more offers to come his way as the spring and summer roll along.