Class of 2013

Ernest Suttles

HometownTampa, FL
High schoolGaither

After taking an official visit to Lincoln on Jan. 11, Tampa (Fla.) Gaither defensive end Ernest Suttles switched his commitment from Iowa State to Nebraska.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Suttles is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN, and a two-star prospect according to Scout. He committed to the Cyclones in October, took an official visit to Missouri in December, and also had offers from Kentucky and Indiana, among other schools.

He’s viewed as a pass-rushing defensive end, and becomes the third defensive end recruit in the class, joining JUCO prospect Randy Gregory and A.J. Natter.

“(I can bring a) pass rush," Suttles said. "Not being afraid to put my head in somebody’s chest and get by them. Just cause havoc.”

Suttles has only played football for two years, which is probably the biggest reason why he flew under the radar for so long. He’s originally from New York City, where he spent most of his time on the basketball court.

Our take: He has the potential to be really good. He’s an explosive, fast-twitch type of player who could give offensive tackles fits. But he needs to gain some muscle. He also needs lots of coaching. Suttles is new to the game and unfamiliar with the position’s intricacies. It could take him some time to become a polished defensive end who has a handle on all of the details required to contribute at that spot for NU. Good news, though. Suttles is smart, well-grounded and extremely eager.

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