“I'm extremely proud of these guys,” Jonesboro football coach Tim Floyd said. “They came in with the rest of the senior class and helped the program get started in the right direction. Both of them are great kids, great students with grade-point averages over 3.5 and great athletes. I love both of the them.”
Sutton, a 6-foot cornerback, had offers from five other SEC schools but didn’t sway from the verbal commitment he made to the Volunteers last August.
“I'm just very excited,” Sutton said. “It's an emotional day. I've had fun with this recruiting process. It has been great. I've enjoyed every minute of it and if I could do it over again, I would do it over again.”
While most of his scholarship offers came from schools in other conferences, the 5-foot-9 defensive back Ferguson stuck with his decision last March to become a Commodore.
“I want to bring my playmaking ability,” Ferguson said. “I'm known for making plays. If the ball is not on my side, I will go to the other side of the field and make a play. That is what Vanderbilt is missing--big, game-changing plays and I think I can bring that to the table.”
Sutton also voiced what he plans to provide for his new team.
“I just want to take the same mentality I played with in high school to college--that grind, hunger and will to win,” Sutton said. “Play all out. Give God 110 percent. Off the field, interact with the community and get out to the youth and families. I'm big on that because it makes the world a better place.”
Both players also talked about what they feel will be the most exciting thing about playing football on the next level.
“The atmosphere,” said a smiling Ferguson. “The 50,000-60,000 people screaming for you and the ‘Star Walk’ there.”
“The biggest thing that will hit me is playing in front of the 100,000 people every Saturday,” Sutton said.
Coach Floyd believes their excitement will center around competition.
“I think it’s going to be the challenge of showing everybody what they can do on the next level,” he said. “Especially when the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game comes up. That is going to be pretty exciting. I'm going to try to make it up there but if I can't I'm going to be right there in front of the TV, holding up the anchors and yelling rocky top at the same time.”
The Volunteers will host the Commodores on Nov. 23.
“We’re going to be mugging each other in the beginning but at the end we will reunite,” Ferguson said.
Sutton and Ferguson also spoke on what they would miss the most about Jonesboro football.
“I’m going to miss everything,” Sutton said. “I spent my last four years under this program. I wouldn't trade playing under any other program in the world. I love this coaching staff. I love all my teammates even the guys from previous years.”
“The players, joking around in practice, having fun and dancing,” Ferguson said. “But when it was time to take care of business, we all focused and got the win.”