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Oh, Hello: VA Safety Jonathan Sutherland Commits to Penn State

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For the second time in a week, Penn State grabbed a commit--and the long drought is put even more in the rearview mirror.


Jonathan Sutherland, ladies and gentlemen!


Hometown/High School: Alexandria, VA/Episcopal

Height/Weight: 6-foot-0, 195 pounds

Recruited By: Charles Huff and Tim Banks

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The Tale

Last weekend's Lasch Bash was Sutherland's last official visit, and it was all it took for the defensive back to pull the trigger for Franklin and Co. It was the fourth time that the Ontario native was on campus, after camping in Happy Valley the last two summers and taking an unofficial visit in 2014, for the MSU game that season. His offer from the PSU staff came later than others, not until just before 2016 signing day, but right before Michigan's offer--his last major offer so far (and where he was recruited by Michael Zordich).

Though both MSU and OSU have expressed interest in Sutherland, they never offered the safety--and even though the Lions weren't the favorite for him until recently, having the last bite at the apple paid off in spades.

Penn State's class had dropped a bit since the last commit in April, before linebacker Brelin Faison-Walden committed earlier in the week. With Sutherland's addition, the Nittany Lions climbed back up to 9th in the Big Ten and 30th nationally (per 247).

The Outlook

Sutherland is just the second defensive back, and first safety, of the 2017 class--not a huge concern due to the quality depth in the defensive backfield currently enrolled at Penn State. He has the size and skill to play immediately, but may take a redshirt just for the aforementioned depth reasons.

Originally a cornerback, Sutherland physically grew into a safety role and has been recruited as such. Most services have him a top 15-25 safety in the nation, and a top 15 player in the state of Virginia. He's a physical defensive back who plays well against multiple looks, and has learned to read defenses well and drop into coverage--and jump passing routes. Sutherland was invited to attend the Opening Regional in Washington, DC, this spring, and impressed attending scouts.

Sutherland's commitment brings Penn State's class to ten.

Welcome to Penn State, Jonathan!