Memphis coach Justin Fuente said he checked with two Nebraska assistant coaches and received a letter of recommendation from a Husker associate athletic director before deciding to accept former NU recruit Ernest Suttles into his football program.
Suttles, who signed with Nebraska in February, was dismissed from the team in late June after an incident involving a Husker teammate. It was initially reported that he was headed for the University of Miami.
Fuente told the Memphis Commercial Appeal the following as the Tigers added the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end from Tampa, Fla.
“We, obviously, are very excited to have him here,” Fuente said. “He was involved in an unfortunate situation, but we got letters of recommendation from an associate athletic director at Nebraska, from (Suttles’) high school principal, his high school football coach, a high school teacher and we talked to two assistant coaches at Nebraska. They all had nothing but unbelievable things to say about him. They said he was a really good kid who made a mistake and was in a bad situation.”
Suttles attended Monday’s practice, but will sit out the 2013 season and have four years of eligibility starting in 2014. Fuente knew of Suttles from recruiting him out of Gaither High in Tampa.
Memphis also is on the verge of adding former NU defensive lineman Chase Rome after he completes some undergraduate work.