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Jonesboro senior Cameron Sutton committed to Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon after visiting the campus with his family.
After visiting the Tennessee campus in June for a workout, Jonesboro senior Cameron Sutton was convinced that he wanted to play his college football in Knoxville.
On Tuesday, he made the commitment to the program after taking his parents to the campus for their first visit.
“I just wanted my parents to go up there and see everything,” Sutton said Tuesday evening via cellphone while traveling back to Jonesboro. “Your parents always have your best interest, and I wanted them to check things out.”
They gave Sutton their approval after touring the campus and meeting with the coaches. With his parents’ backing, Sutton told Vols coach Derek Dooley about his desire to play at Tennessee.
“He give me a big hug,” Sutton said. “After that, we went in and told all the defensive coaches. They were really excited.”
Sutton would be the first player from Clayton County to sign with the Vols since former Lovejoy offensive lineman Chris Scott, who is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, signed with Tennessee in 2005.
In 2009, former Henry County standout Markeith Ambles committed to Tennessee, but changed his mind on signing day after former Vols coach Lane Kiffin took the Southern California job. Ambles followed him to USC, but has since transferred to a community college.
Sutton chose Tennessee over Ole Miss and Arkansas. He also was interested in Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Illinois, Purdue and Pittsburgh. He is the second player on his team to commit as fellow receiver/defensive back Taurean Ferguson committed to Vanderbilt in early spring.
“I talked with Taurean after committing and he is already talking trash about the rivalry,” Sutton said. “It is going to be great going up against him.”
In addition to Sutton and Ferguson, one other player from Clayton County has committed to a SEC school. Earlier this summer, Lovejoy tight end A.J. Jackson gave a commitment to Auburn.
“Cam said his goal was to commit before the season started to get it out of the way,” said Nate Wardlaw, the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator.
This was Sutton’s second visit to Knoxville this summer. In June, he went to the campus with Wardlaw for a workout.
“When we got back in June, he had Tennessee at the top of his list,” Wardlaw said. “He wanted his parents to see the campus and meet the coaches.”
Apparently they were all in agreement as Sutton, who is entering his fourth season at Jonesboro as a starter, made the decision. In addition to football, Sutton has started on the varsity basketball and baseball teams since his freshmen year.
Last season, Sutton had 31 receptions for 502 yards and nine touchdowns. On defense, he two interceptions.
He will play cornerback for the Vols.
“I really like the tradition at the school,” Sutton said. “It was great environment and the coaches seem to really care about your. You have a lot of people behind you.”