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Sutton going strong as three-sport standout

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Cameron Sutton, a rising junior at Jonesboro High, is a three-sport standout for the Cardinals' athletic program. He starts on the football, basketball and baseball at the school.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Cameron Sutton, a rising junior at Jonesboro High, is a three-sport standout for the Cardinals' athletic program. He starts on the football, basketball and baseball at the school.

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

As most of Cameron Sutton's teammates and coaches were making their way back to the southside on Friday from a passing league tournament at North Gwinnett High, the rising junior was heading further north.

The Suttons were en route to Louisville, where the wide receiver/defensive back was going to participate in a two-day camp in the Bluegrass state.

It is pretty typical of Sutton to continue working long after his teammates have called it a day. Being a three-sport athlete consumes most of Sutton's time during the summer.

"He is very dedicated and active," Jonesboro offensive coordinator Nathan Wardlaw said.

Between football, basketball and baseball practices and games, Sutton has very little down time.

"It is all about being in shape and getting better," Sutton said. "I try to balance it all out and use my skills in each sport."

Sutton practices for three and hours each day with the football team before taking a brief break before either doing basketball or baseball. He is a standout on each of the team's at Jonesboro.

The last two seasons, he has started on each of the teams since entering high school.

During the 2010 football season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Sutton had 33 receptions for 550 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 25 tackles and three interceptions.

He was a starter on the basketball team that won the Region 4-AAAA championship and reached the Class AAAA semifinals.

As the starting center fielder on the baseball team, Sutton batted .403 with 21 RBIs and 59 stolen bases.

"I love competing," Sutton said. "I've been playing all three sports since I was three."

The six hour drive to Louisville did not take a toll on Sutton as he was able to perform well at the camp. He was named the top receiver over the weekend.

He went to the University of Georgia camp earlier this summer and plans on attending camps at Michigan and Notre Dame.

"I'm just trying to put my name out there," Sutton said. "I'm trying to get as much exposure as possible."

Entering his junior year, Sutton has already started to garner some attention from colleges such as Georgia and Georgia State.

He admits to being a little surprised by the attention, but is confident his hard work is paying off.

The Jonesboro coaches often use Sutton's work ethic as motivation for other players.

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He sets a good example for all the other players," Wardlaw said. "When feel they are not giving their all, we just tell them that Cam is working hard in three sports when they only have one to concentrate on. He is definitely putting in the time and never complains. He is setting the example for the others."

Eventually, Sutton will have to make a choice on which sport to play in college. He says that football is his top choice, but would love the opportunity to also play baseball on the next level.

"I'll just have to see how things work out," Sutton said. "Right now, football and baseball are my two top choices."