November 6, 2008

Sutton likes four

William Sutton and his teammates at Corona (Calif.) Centennial are 8-0 as they attempt to repeat their CIF-SS Inland Division Championship from last season.

On that team, Sutton played alongside three former Huskies who are now all playing as true freshman at Arizona State: linebackers Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee and running back Ryan Bass.

It should come as no surprise then, considering Sutton has an offer from the Sun Devils, the program is on his short list of colleges he's considering.

"Those guys all seem to be doing good out there (at ASU)," Sutton said. "I'm very interested in the school and it's one of the few I'm really looking at."

Sutton, a 6-foot-1, 265 pound defensive tackle, has essentially narrowed his list to four schools: Arizona, ASU, Fresno State and Nebraska. He will likely take official visits to all before making a decision.

"I'm doing a lot of thinking about it and talking about it, just trying to see what will fit me best," Sutton said. "I know that the atmosphere around the school will be a big thing for me and so will the graduation rate for football players. I also want to go somewhere with good facilities and staff to support you with everything you've got going on."

The No. 50 defensive tackle prospect nationally, Sutton said that he's improved immensely from a junior season that saw him earn all-league and all-CIF second-team honors with 70 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

"I think I'm playing way better now," Sutton said. "Coming out, having that amazing linebacking corps that we have making all the tackles is great but I'm getting doubled teams now and still making plays. I'm taller than last year and I went from like 245 or 250 to 265 pounds and I'm way faster. I just watched what I ate more than last year and started taking muscle milk and doing a lot of speed training. I can really notice a difference."

So far this season, Sutton has 64 tackles, six sacks, two blocked punts and one fumble recovery. The Huskies have a game this weekend against rival Corona (Calif.) Santiago.

"I feel like we just come out and play hard not take anyone for granted," Sutton said. "The coaching staff here pushes us hard but they also make it fun at the same time. Everybody is just up and happy, walking around smiling all the time because we know we work.

"Last year's team might have won against this year's team but the thing that helped us out this year is our secondary is stronger. I think we have a really great chance to win it all this year."

Sutton said he is tentatively set to visit Nebraska this weekend (Nov. 8), ASU Nov. 14, Fresno State Jan. 9 and he will likely trip to Arizona as well.

"ASU likes me as a 3-technique tackle," Sutton said. "They say they'd really love for me to commit. I'm a contender to play as a freshman there if I come out and work hard. The guys I know there are saying it's a real good program."

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