By Ashley Denny.
TCI had a chance to speak with Jacob Sutherland, the 6-4, 275 pound highly recruited offensive lineman out of Georgia this week. Southerland gives TCI an inside look at how the recruiting process is going for him and which schools he’s interested in visiting next.
First of all Jacob, how has the recruiting process been going for you since we talked last?
It’s been going great, I just continue to put myself out there and call as many coaches as possible. Although I would love to play in either the ACC or SEC, I’m leaving all of my options open and remaining open minded to whatever comes along.
Which schools have you received either an offer or interest from?
I’ve received an offer from The University of Central Florida, but Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee and several other schools have shown interest in me.
Since Clemson’s Junior Day, have you taken any other official visits or do you have any planned?
I was supposed to take official visits to Tennessee and Georgia but our Basketball team made it to the playoffs and so that’s kept me from visiting. But I fully intend on rescheduling the visits after the season is over.
Now, you say you’re on your school’s basketball team, which sport do you prefer? Football or Basketball?
Definitely football, Football has always been my sport; I’m just playing basketball because I’m a big body and can foul. It also keeps me in shape for football.
What is your favorite part about Clemson and your visit there? And are you planning on going back for a visit in the spring or fall?
My favorite part of my Clemson visit had to be being able to try on the jerseys and run down the hill. That was a great experience. I also liked spending quality time with the coaches, there were only 15 prospects there for Junior Day so we had a lot of one on one time and got to play Ping Pong and Madden with the coaches.
What do you think your strongest quality is that makes you such a desirable recruit?
I think the fact that I’m not afraid of anyone and will play my best and block against any opponent. That’s definitely something that coaches look for in an offensive lineman.
Now with Signing Day this past month, how excited are you for next year and signing your own letter of intent?
I’m pumped, I actually got to watch my friend sign his letter of intent to UAB this year and that got me even more excited and more focused on my work outs and working in the weight room more.