UPDATE on 12/25/15 at 12:30 p.m. EST:
Tymar Sutton has committed to Iowa State, tweeting a picture and a statement on Christmas morning.
“Beyond blessed to say I will be attending Iowa State University to continue as a student-athlete for the next 4 years,” Sutton wrote.
— ⚡️ Tymar Sutton ⚡️ (@LegendaryTy_7) December 25, 2015
According to the industry generated 247Sports Composite, Sutton is the No. 107 outside linebacker in the 2016 class, checking in at 5’10”, 210 pounds. He committed to Iowa State over offers from Army, Boston College, Buffalo, Illinois, Maryland, Miami (OH), Navy, Ohio, Toledo, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
You can read more about Sutton’s thoughts before his commitment, as well as thoughts on his recruitment and what he’ll be bringing to the table for Iowa State below.
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With National Signing Day just 41 days away, college football programs around the country are working hard to add key additions to their 2016 recruiting classes while there is still a good amount of talent left for the taking.
One uncommitted 3-star prospect a handful of Power 5 teams are still after is McKeesport (Pa.) High School outside linebacker Tymar Sutton, who is rated 82 overall by the 247Sports Composite.
The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder holds offers from Wisconsin, Maryland, Boston College, Illinois, Iowa State, Toledo, Navy and several other programs, but right now he’s focused primarily on three schools.
“Wisconsin – they offered back in May — Iowa State and Toledo,” Sutton told Today’s U regarding his current top three.
WATCH MY TAPE SENIOR YEAR https://t.co/7hx9UIHQwe
— ⚡️ Tymar Sutton ⚡️ (@LegendaryTy_7) November 14, 2015
Is it too late for other programs to get in the mix for the 3-star?
“Most likely not,” Sutton said. “There are some other schools talking to me a lot like North Carolina, Boston College – they offered me a while ago – Wake Forest is trying to get in the mix. That’s pretty much it as far as who I’m still talking to.”
If those programs decide to offer, Sutton told Today’s U he would most definitely consider North Carolina and probably Wake Forest as well.
A key factor in Sutton’s recruitment is the opportunity for early playing time and he also said that he isn’t much too concerned about a winning tradition.
“I’m looking to play right away and come in and make a big impact for the program itself,” Sutton said. “I’m looking at the environment, the college campus – stuff like that – and just the whole overall state itself. I want to go somewhere I can make a difference and start a winning program. I don’t care about going to a school that already has a winning program, I wouldn’t mind helping start things up.”
Two weeks ago, the 3-star officially visited Iowa State and he told Today’s U he plans to visit Toledo on Jan. 15 and Wisconsin on Jan. 29. Following his visit to Ames, there was some speculation that Sutton could commit to the Cyclones as he has already applied and been accepted to the university, but it now appears he will take at least two more visits.
Just got accepted to Iowa State University #blessed
— ⚡️ Tymar Sutton ⚡️ (@LegendaryTy_7) December 22, 2015
“The transition with coach (Matt) Campbell and coach (Paul) Rhoads was a big one with Iowa State,” Sutton said. “Coach Campbell was recruiting me at Toledo and now coach (Jason) Candle at Toledo has been sticking with me. As for Wisconsin, I just like the program itself.”
Schools have told the outside linebacker he can play either strong-side or weak-side outside linebacker and could make an impact right away.
“They say I’m versatile,” Sutton said. “They can play both sides and come in and make a big impact early. They said they love my work ethic and just how I approach everything and they can see me being a leader on the team.”
McKeesport High is known to produce talent as Sutton lines up opposite of high 3-star outside linebacker Khaleke Hudson, who is deciding between Michigan, Penn State, UCLA and Pitt. Most years the school sends at least one athlete to a Power 5 football school.
“We’re like the team that everybody is nervous to play,” Sutton said. “We’re usually the team that nobody wants to play. This year we went 9-2.”
Of his three favorites, Sutton’s Twitter feed most often features Iowa State. Sutton has been retweeting when other athletes receive offers or commit to play for the Cyclones. He also tuned in to the CyHawk basketball game earlier this month.
Signing day going be crazy 😳
— ⚡️ Tymar Sutton ⚡️ (@LegendaryTy_7) December 18, 2015