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Many schools pursuing Johnathan Sutherland

Several schools are continuing to pursue Jonathan Sutherland. The Virginia 2017 Scout 300 defensive back gave Scout the latest.

”Everything is going well with recruiting,” Jonathan Sutherland said. “I’m still taking my time with the process and I don’t have any favorites.”

The Episcopal standout’s scholarship offer list has reached double digits and includes Boston CollegeMiamiNorth CarolinaRutgersWisconsinEast CarolinaNebraska,Vanderbilt and Virginia among others.

Out of all the schools, he said Rutgers is recruiting him the hardest.

”They’re an up and coming program and they were my first offer, so it means a lot that there are showing so much interest,” said the 6-foot, 196-pound Sutherland.

”I talk to (linebackers) coach (Bob) Fraser the most. He’s a good guy. I can talk to him about anything and we have a great bond.”

Over the summer, Sutherland went to camps at Penn State and Ohio State, with Penn State being his first stop.

”It was my fourth time there and it was a great trip,” he said. “I got to see the new renovations and speak with the coaching staff. I also I really enjoyed the camp. It was great to compete against the other players.

”While I was there, I spent a lot of time talking with (defensive coordinator/safeties) coach (Bob) Shoop and we’re in the process of developing a great relationship. He’s cool and I feel comfortable talking to him.”

Ohio State was next.

”I went for Friday Night Lights,” Sutherland said, who also visited Columbus back in January. “It was also a great camp and very competitive. I felt like I performed really well. I also got to see the new locker rooms and facilities.

”(Cornerbacks) coach (Kerry) Coombs is recruiting me and we’re developing a good relationship. I like his intensity and he does everything he can to make his players better.”

Although he is enjoying the recruiting process, Sutherland’s main focus is on his upcoming season.

”Now that I’m a junior, I feel like I have to be more of a leader,” he said. “We’re just going to take it game by game and hopefully at the end of the year, we’ll be undefeated. It’s going to take hard work and dedication on and off the field.”

Episcopal opens their season on Sept. 4 at home against Flint Hill at 4 p.m.