November 17, 2008

Sutton talks ASU

Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive lineman William Sutton took his first official visit over the weekend, traveling to Tempe for a closer look at Arizona State.

Sutton has been to the ASU campus unofficially, but he said the official visit provided a much more comprehensive look at the University and its athletics programs, especially football.

"Everything was nice but what I really liked was how the facilities and everything there is within walking distance," Sutton said. "It seemed like that would make it a lot easier on you every day. You're busy in college with everything you have packed into each day so to be able to have all the places you need to go right there is good."

Sutton, 6-foot-1, 265 pounds, played on the same high school team last season as current Sun Devils Brandon Magee, Shelly Lyons and Ryan Bass, all of whom have earned playing time as true freshmen in college.

"Brandon and Shelly were the hosts for me and the kid who was taking his trip from Washington (Desmond Trufant)," Sutton said. "We just hung out and had a lot of fun together. The thing [Brandon and Shelly] told ne was that they really liked it there and they said that if I work hard and stay focused, I'll play and have a shot at playing early. That's what I want so it was good to hear that from them."

For 10-0 Centennial, Sutton has 67 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two blocked punts and a fumble recovery. He is the No. 50 defensive tackle prospect in the 2009 class nationally and the No. 43 ranked recruit in California's Top-100.

Sutton said he will likely visit the University of Arizona officially next weekend, a school that also has a former prep teammate of his on the roster. Wildcat quarterback Matt Scott is a close friend of Sutton.

"I had a very good trip to ASU and I want to compare the next trip to that," Sutton said. "I also still want to take my other two visits too, to Fresno State (Jan. 9) and Nebraska. I had to reschedule Nebraska so I don't know when I'll take it yet"

On Jan. 2, Sutton will play in the O-D All-American Bowl.

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