Corey Sutton's Transfer Blocked by Kansas State

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2017

MANHATTAN, KS - April 22:  Wide receiver Corey Sutton #12 of the Kansas State Wildcats gets set on offense during the Purple and White Spring Game on April 22, 2017 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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Wide receiver Corey Sutton, who is seeking his transfer from Kansas State, said he's been blocked by the school from transferring to a list of 35 universities he submitted.

Sutton told Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle that Kansas State is yet to release him from his scholarship. He informed coach Bill Snyder of his intention to transfer last month. 

"When I originally told Coach Snyder I was going to transfer he said, 'Well, Corey, I feel bad that you want to leave, but I can't make you stay,'" Sutton said. "I dropped all my classes, moved out of Kansas and started looking at my options, then I find out they are denying me my release.

"Coach Snyder told me today that when I signed my letter of intent that was my commitment to him, that I was going to be there for four years. I heard that and told him, 'Coaches can leave. So why can't a player leave? You made a commitment to me that you were going to treat me the right way, and that's not what you're doing.'"

In an interview on 810 Sports Radio, Snyder confirmed he was blocking the transfer (via Yahoo Sports' Sam Cooper): 

“It’s my commitment that once we have signed the youngster, that we’re committed to him as long as he behaves himself. I accept a youngster that comes into our program as making a similar commitment with a handshake and obviously a signed piece of paper. I’ve always said a youngster is free to leave, but I’m not going to release the youngster.

“It doesn’t mean he can’t go someplace else and play, he can certainly do that. He wouldn’t be on athletic scholarship for a year’s period of time, but could still go and play and then go on scholarship after that. That’s a choice they have to make. I’ve told the young man, and have told him all along, we’d love for him to stay in the program. Anyways, at the end of the day, that’s always been my policy, as I said. There’s a lot of things being said out there, some of them that I’m not even aware of.”

Sutton played in 10 games as a freshman, recording four receptions for 54 yards. He did not record any receptions in the season's last five games and said he felt "lied to" about playing time. A 3-star recruit in Scout.com's rankings, Sutton said he was promised he would start by wide receivers coach Andre Coleman but was later rebuffed by Snyder.

"They told me I was going to start and used me as a starter in practice," Sutton said. "They promised me all this playing time. Then the game would start and my position coach would grab me and tell me to stay on the sidelines and that I'm not starting because Coach Snyder doesn't want to play a freshman. I felt lied to."

Sutton also said the school was acting as a "slave master" Wednesday in a series of since-deleted tweets. He added the experience has made him "negative-minded about college."

The report did not say what 35 schools were on Sutton's transfer list.