Collin Sutherland was not a name many Arkansas fans were familiar with until this past National Signing Day Eve. The Flower Mound, Texas product committed to the UNLV Rebels on January 31st, then four days later decommitted and gave his pledge to the Arkansas Razorbacks. He played a big part in helping Marcus High School go 11-2 and a third- round appearance in the Texas 6A D-II Playoffs in 2019. An exceptional blocker with underrated hands, you can expect him to make an impact sooner than later at a position where the Razorbacks are severely lacking depth.
Current Miami Dolphins and former Texas A&M Offensive Lineman Keaton Sutherland is his older brother who was also recruited by coach Sam Pittman during Pittman’s first stint in Fayetteville as Offensive Line coach. I was able to catch up with Keaton to get his point of view of he and Collin’s experience:
Collin called the University of Arkansas his dream school. Talk about your other family members who have attended there:
“My two older brothers Kyle and Connor both attended Arkansas. I was recruited there and was very heavy on Arkansas.
We used to take family trips to see my brothers and Collin feel in love with the campus. He wasn’t sure if he going to
get an offer to play Division 1. UTSA was his first offer and Arkansas offered the day before signing day. After that, he knew where he was going.”
Tell me your knowledge of how his recruiting process happened:
“Collin was originally committed to UNLV, but going to Arkansas did not heavily come into the picture until the night before signing day. Arkansas went after
the previous guys they had offered and when they decided to go elsewhere, Collin was next up on their board. They offered and he knew what his next move would be.”
Collin had 70 pancakes his senior year, which is not common for Tight Ends. Has TE always been his natural position?
“Yea, absolutely. Growing up with an older brother who played offensive line people asked if he would ever move inside.
He never considered it and I even told him he should stay at TE. He is better better at finishing people off than most OL and has very good hands.”
Sam Pittman recruited you out of high school, and as a fellow OL what can you say about him?
“I loved him. My recruiting came down to Arkansas and A&M. I loved him, my parents loved him, I had a great relationship with
him. He told me he didn’t have children, so his players are his children. I am thankful Collin is playing for him because he will
get the best out of him and is a great coach.”
With your family ties to the Razorbacks and the Southwest Classic every year, have you and Collin already began some fun family
“(laughs) I felt overpowered because now it’s 3 against against 1 in terms of all of my brothers being Razorbacks and
me being an Aggie.”
What was the advice you gave him about the recruiting process having already gone through it?
“There is a lot to it. Mainly, I told him it is a gut feeling. You have to go to a school that you want to go to even
if you aren’t going to play football because you never know what can happen. Arkansas was just perfect for him because
it was his dream school and he is very excited about it.You have to fall in love with the school because all of them are
going to have good facilities. You can’t just follow a coach, I had 2 Offensive Line coaches and 2 Head Coaches.”