Before his career at Nebraska even started, it may be over for recently graduated Gaither standout Ernest Suttles.
It was announced Thursday night that Suttles, a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end and All-County and All-Suncoast pick last fall, was kicked off the team along with linebacker Thomas Brown. Nebraska said in a statement that it was "aware of an incident involving student-athletes which occurred off campus over the weekend."
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Suttles was cited Wednesday night for assaulting teammate David Santos around 11 p.m. on June 21. The Journal Star said that the Lincoln Police Department incident report says a person was hit with a bottle and needed stitches.
Brown has not been cited.
Some reports have indicated that neither player will be allowed back into the program.
But Gaither coach Jason Stokes said Thursday night that Suttles met with the school's athletic director Wednesday and that the incident is still being investigated internally.
"I don't know that it's official,'' Stokes said, saying that the A.D. told Suttles he was looking into things and there would be a final decision next week.
Stokes said he was surprised when he heard about the incident and that he felt it was out of character for Suttles.
Originally, Suttles had orally committed to Iowa State, one of more than a dozen schools to offer the Cowboy.
Suttles played basketball at Hillsborough High before transferring to Gaither and evolving into one of the best defensive linemen in Tampa Bay. He had 12.5 sacks as a senior, making the Times All-County team in Hillsborough and the All-Suncoast team as well.
Suttles' story was told on Feb. 6, as he signed his letter of intent in front of his mother and family friends that had helped him overcome the loss of his father. You can read it here.