Eli Sutton is a name to pay attention to this offseason. The Nashville, Tenn. native (6-foot-7, 280) is a four-star offensive tackle out of Brentwood Academy who has already garnered 24 offers. Sutton was also in attendance for Tennessee’s homecoming win over UAB in early November. “It would be really neat to play for my home state and in front of that crowd,” Sutton said. “Being close to my family is important to me.” “I talk with coach Pruitt and coach Friend usually.
“It’s pretty simple. Tennessee’s philosophy upfront is to be nasty. They are playing low and hard – just like I play. They are really mauling dudes up front right now.” The offensive lineman is big enough for high school football, but recognizes there is a long way to go in order to compete in the SEC. “I’m going to come in and work as hard as I can to play early on, but I’m small right now. You can’t play offensive line in that league weighing 280 pounds. I’ve got to get over 300. I’m not game ready right off the bat like Darnell Wright was.”
“I’ll most likely redshirt my first year and that’s okay. Like I said, I’m small right now, but I’ll develop into it and be ready to roll.” Nearly every SEC team is willing to take a chance on the work-in-progress type offensive lineman. “There are a couple of teams that are really hot on me right now. It’s still early on, so I’ll have some time.” Sutton intents on announcing his commitment prior to his senior campaign. The Tennessee native hopes to make it public late spring or early summer.