St. Charles (MO) Francis Howell 2015 Athlete Sutton Smith 6'0" 197 made a big impact for his team following his transfer in from Southlake (TX) last year at both running back and safety. He also turned a lot of heads at both the US Army combine and Elite Football combine with his speed and athleticism, which lead to schools such as Alabama, Kansas State, TCU,Florida State and others showing interest.
However, he decided to follow the path he feels he was led to by committed to Northern Illinois on Wednesday night.
"I wanted to let you know that I have committed to NIU," said Smith. "As you know, NIU was my first offer. I've been to their campus a couple times over the past few months and with each visit, I came away with a really good feeling. I've been able to spend a lot of time with Coach Kane (my position coach) and Coach Carey (head coach), who I've gotten to know and I really like. It seemed like God was leading me to Northern Illinois all along, so after talking with my parents and my head coach (Bryan Koch), I decided to commit to NIU.I called them last night and they were ecstatic. "
Smith spoke about what it was besides the coaches at Northern Illinois that helped him make his decision.
"The last time I was at NIU was for junior day. Me and my dad drove up there the day before and were checking out the campus. We ended up inside the Yordon Center and a few players came up to us and spent well over an hour talking with us. I asked them about everything I could think of including the coaches, players, academics, campus life, everything, and they were very genuine and upfront. I really liked that there weren't any clicks and they talked about how well everyone gets along," he said.
While Smith has the talent to play on either side of the ball, including running back or slot receiver on offense, it appears as though the Huskies have a specific plan for him.
"I will be playing a hybrid FS/LB...I believe they call it a field backer. For that position I was the #1 guy on their board," said Smith.
Sutton is happy to have the recruiting process over with.
"I'm really glad this is behind me because now I don't have any more distractions. I can focus on school, and prepare for my senior season."