Burlington (Ont.) Lester B. Pearson freshman athlete Jonathan Sutherland was already known in recruiting circles prior to this weekend, but his performance at the New Jersey stop of the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour will further enhance his reputation as one of Canada's top, up-and-coming prospects.
Sutherland and two of his fellow Canadian underclass prospects ranked among the top underclassmen coming out of last Saturday's camp. Sutherland finished second on that list after showing well from the cornerback position in head-to-head match ups with prospects like 2015 five-star Minkah Fitzpatrick.
"The competition was nice," Sutherland said. "It is good going against top four-star and five-star athletes because it shows me how good I am compared to them and what I need to focus on and work on more."
What position the 5-foot-11, 191-pound Sutherland would work out at was a question coming into the camp because he has shown the abilities to play both cornerback and running back early in his career.
"After this camp at Rivals I definitely feel more comfortable at corner, but right now I am just playing both," Sutherland said. "When I head up to my school in Virginia I will be playing both."
Sutherland will transfer to the Episcopal School in Alexandria, Va., for his sophomore season and presumably for the remainder of his prep career. He hopes that move will further increase his profile with college coaches, but he is already drawing interest from several schools.
"I have been having interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers and Syracuse," Sutherland said. "It piques my attention that they have such confidence in me at such a young age. That really gives me motivation to do better."
This summer, Sutherland plans to camp at Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Rutgers. He was supposed to visit Rutgers prior to attending Saturday's Rivals Camp, but did not get in town early enough to stop by the campus.
As his recruitment progresses, Sutherland is hoping to hear more from SEC schools, specifically, as well as programs in the Big 12 and ACC.