Thursday, January 10, 2013
Three-star DE Suttles plans busy itinerary
By Corey Long
Three-star defensive end Ernest Suttles (Tampa, Fla./Gaither) is going to make good on his promise to check out a few programs before signing day. With a slew of late offers, his schedule is filling up.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior is committed to Iowa State but already has taken an official to Missouri and has visits coming up to Nebraska, Kentucky and South Florida.
“Missouri was my first late offer, I suppose,” Suttles explained. “And I really enjoyed my visit there and the opportunities they provide on and off the field. It’s an SEC school, and they are in need of pass rushers, so it’s a place I am looking at.”
Nebraska, Kentucky and South Florida all offered within the last two weeks according to Suttles, and he will take an official to Nebraska this weekend and one to Kentucky on Jan. 18.
With South Florida being just a few minutes from his home, Suttles likely will visit the school during the middle of the week.
“Nebraska is a historically strong program, and it’s an honor to receive an offer from them,” Suttles added. “I’ve heard great things about the fans there and the facilities and the quality of life for a student-athlete.
“Kentucky has a lot of the old FSU coaches that remembered me from the summer, and I want to take a look and see what coach [Mark] Stoops and coach [D.J.] Eliot have planned. I appreciate the fact that they stayed in touch after all this time. It’s another SEC program, and it’s a great opportunity to get in a rebuilding situation.”
South Florida assistant Ray Woodie starting recruiting Suttles while he was at Western Kentucky, and while the Bulls' program intrigues Suttles, don’t expect him to be drawn to the program by location alone.
“I like coach [Willie] Taggart and I think he’s going to be successful, but to be honest I’m concerned about the future of the Big East and the football programs there,” Suttles added. “It’s something I am going to consider.”
Despite all these late offers and visits, Suttles says he is still committed to Iowa State. Whether his commitment sticks will depend on what he sees and how it compares to the relationship he’s built with the Cyclones staff.
“There’s a lot to consider right now, and it comes down to the right fit for me,” Suttles said. “Playing in the SEC is a dream of mine, and it’s something I have to consider. Playing in the right conference and against the competition that’s going to make me better is something else I have to consider.”