Game, Not Name, Helps Sutton (III) Stand Out
RALEIGH Jimmie Sutton won't get lost in a crowd at N.C. State, but there might be some confusion if he shows up at his family reunion. That's because he's one of five brothers named Jimmie in his family.
Officially, the newest Wolfpack wide receiver from Florida he will join Sterling Hicks, Richard Washington, Tramain Hall, Andy Bertrand, Brian Clark, Chris Murray and 2002 holdover signee LaMart Barrett is Jimmie Sutton III, and he is rated one of the top 25 wide receivers in the nation by analyst Tom Lemming. Rivals and SuperPrep ranked Sutton, who also plays cornerback, one of the top 10 athletes in the Class of 2003.
How, then, did Wolfpack coach Chuck Amato know he signed the right Jimmie Sutton on national signing day? "We just knew he was III," Amato said. "There is also a I, a II, a IV and V, but they aren't quintuplets. We just knew he was the one with the Texas hat on."
Funny guy, that Amato. Sutton committed to Texas last summer and seemed a cinch to sign with Mack Brown's Longhorns at least until Brown got commitments from a pair of Texas products who were ranked ahead of Sutton on Lemming's list of top receivers. Sutton again waffled on his commitment, then made a visit to Raleigh, where he hung out with buddies Hall, Hicks and Greg Golden (another Florida guy). In the end, Sutton decided to switch to the Wolfpack, ostensibly because N.C. State was closer to home than Texas and had more familiar faces on the roster.
Who Got Away?
One of the myths of the Mike O'Cain era at N.C. State was that the Wolfpack failed to recruit many elite prospects. Wrong. Generally speaking, O'Cain and his staff were very good at identifying the top players. The problem rested with getting enough of those players interested in the Pack. When a top in-state prospect picked UNC "over Clemson, Michigan, Penn State and Virginia" on or near signing day years ago, many fans assumed NCSU simply missed the boat. Most often, though, the Pack had tried to get involved with the player, only to be eliminated from consideration very early in the recruiting process.
Such problems are rare under Amato and his hard-working group of assistants. Of course, aiming high always results in a long list of misses, and even this historic recruiting campaign was no exception: Pompano Beach (FL) Ely OL Andrew Bain (Miami), Palm Beach Gardens (FL) High LB Michael Brown (Virginia Tech), Hampton (VA) Phoebus DB Philip Brown (UVa), Swedesboro (NJ) Kingsway WR Dorien Bryant (Boston College), Hollywood (FL) Chaminade LB Glenn Cook (Miami), Miami (FL) Northwestern DT Clifton Dickson (FSU), Hampton (VA) Bethel DE Chris Ellis (Virginia Tech), Hialeah (FL) High WR Ed Gelin (Mississippi), Tampa (FL) Jefferson RB Rashaun Grant (Georgia Tech), Chesapeake (VA) Western Branch LB Vince Hall (Virginia Tech), Wilmington (NC) Laney DE Marcus Hands (UNC), Lehigh (FL) High OL Mario Henderson (FSU), Hanahan (SC) High LB Marcus Howard (Georgia), Wendell (NC) East Wake DE Terry Hunter (UNC), Baltimore (MD) Mt. St. Joseph WR Keon Lattimore (Maryland), Charlotte (NC) Independence QB Chris Leak (Florida), Miami (FL) Columbus DB Patrick Lee (Auburn), Sarasota (FL) High DT Donnell Livingston (UNC), Camden (NJ) Wilson DE Turk McBride (Tennessee), Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard DE Stanley McClover (Auburn), Jacksonville (FL) First Coast OL Aubrey McPhadden (FSU), Clermont (FL) South Lake OL Carlton Medder (Florida), Miami (FL) Carol City DE Eric Moncur (Miami), Pottstown (PA) High OL Brandon Nixon (Maryland), State College (PA) High TE Jonathan Stupar (UVa), Winston-Salem (NC) Carver DT Isaiah Thomas (UNC), Miami (FL) Northwestern LB Leo Waiters (Miami) and Pompano Beach (FL) Ely OL Cyrim Wimbs (Miami).
Compiled by Dave Glenn
2003 N.C. State Football Signees
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Stars||High School/Junior College||Comment|
|Darrell Blackman*||RB||6-1||200||4/4||Williamsport (PA) High||Parade A-A; TL-5 RB; SP-17 RB; visited Iowa, Pitt (?)|
|Raymond Brooks*||DE||6-4||240||3/3||Williamsport (PA) High||TL-13 OLB; SP-12 PA; over Iowa, Md., Pitt, UVa (?)|
|Martrel Brown||LB||6-3||240||3/3||Pembroke (NC) Swett||SP-31 NC; star at Shrine Bowl; over N.C. A&T (?)|
|Maurice Charles||DE||6-3||225||2/2||Miami (FL) Carol City||SP-68 FL; 2nd-team 6A; over Fla., Rut., USF (?)|
|Kennie Covington||DE||6-3||265||3/3||Jones County (MS) JC||From Laurinburg (NC) Scotland; originally signed 2001|
|Reggie Davis||RB||6-2||220||3/3||Tallahassee (FL) Godby||SP-82 FL; 1st-team 4A; over BC, Ind., USF (?)|
|Brian Dennison||RB||5-11||195||3/4||Jacksonville (FL) Mandarin||RV-14 RB; SP-62 FL; 1st-team 6A; over Iowa, MSU (?)|
|Guerlin Dervil||LB||6-3||220||2/2||Jacksonville (FL) White||6A HM all-state; former WR; over Miss., Miss.St. (?)|
|Chad Green||DE||6-6||220||3/3||Rocky Mount (NC) Northern Nash||SP-22 LB; committed Aug. 2002; over ECU, UNC (?)|
|Chris Hawkins||QB||6-3||190||3/3||Henderson (NC) Southern Vance||TL-18 QB; SP-12 NC; also RB/WR; over UNC, Tenn.|
|Kalani Heppe||OL||6-4||270||2/3||Bealeton (VA) Liberty||SP-32 VA; 1st-team 2A; committed April 2002 (!)|
|Phillip Holloman||DB||5-11||185||2/2||Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor||Also track star (4.4 40), return man; over Marshall|
|Jamesly Jean||TE||6-5||220||3/3||Tampa (FL) Jefferson||TL-9 TE; SP-42 FL; 2nd-team 4A; over Aub., LSU (?)|
|Ernest Jones^||LB||6-3||210||3/3||Henderson (NC) South. Vance||SP-10 NC; committed May 2002; among Jan. enrollees|
|Luke Lathan||OL||6-5||295||3/3||Green Cove Springs (FL) Clay||SP-57 FL; 1st-team 4A; over GT, Md., USC, WF (!)|
|Shane Lucas||OL||6-4||280||2/3||Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military||From Angier (NC) Harnett Central; over Md., FSU|
|James Martin||LB/DE||6-2||223||3/3||Pompano Beach (FL) Ely||2nd-team 5A as jr.; from prep powerhouse; WF switch|
|Derek Morris^*||OL||6-6||360||5/5||Huntersville (NC) N. Mecklenburg||Consensus A-A in 2002 signed with OSU, didn't enroll|
|Yomi Ojo^||OL||6-4||315||2/3||Raleigh (NC) Southeast||SP-30 NC; all-conference; committed March 2002 (!)|
|LeRue Rumph*||DB||6-2||210||3/4||Clearwater (FL) Central Catholic||TL-7 S; RV-13 S; lost offers after injuries; over USF|
|Miguel Scott||DB||6-1||180||3/3||Miami (FL) Killian||SP-51 FL; 3rd-team 6A; over Fla., Ky., Rut., WVU (?)|
|Marcus Stone*||QB||6-4||230||3/4||Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt||TL-8 QB; SP-18 QB; 4-year starter; over Mich., Tenn.|
|Jimmie Sutton*||WR||6-1||170||3/4||Boca Raton (FL) High||SP-5 ATH; TL-24 WR; 2nd-team 5A; switch Texas (?)|
|Stephen Tulloch||LB||5-10||215||2/3||Miami (FL) Killian||TL-8 ILB; SP-37 FL; 4-year starter; over Pitt, Rut. (?)|
|DeMarcus Tyler^||DT||6-3||301||3/3||Fayetteville (NC) Smith||SP-23 DL; 1st-team all-state; over UNC, OSU, Tenn.|
|Mario Williams^*||DE||6-6||250||4/4||Richlands (NC) High||SP-2 DL; TL-7 DE; 1st-team all-state; over OSU, Tenn.|
STARS: By Insiders/Rivals