DONALDSONVILLE, La. — Donaldsonville High School defensive coordinator Jay Dykes had to try and slow down , at practice.
That was no easy task, and it assured the coach that the 4-star wide receiver was the real deal and had all the tools to succeed at the next level, even in the SEC.
Asked about Sullivan’s decision to commit to LSU on Saturday night over Mississippi State and TCU, Dykes explained the caliber of athlete that’s about to head down the road and play for the hometown Tigers.
“LSU is getting a kid that’s obviously physical,” Dykes said. “He’s an SEC-type guy with all the tools. He’s a blank frame, and once he gets inside that system that LSU has, he’s going to do nothing but blossom. He’s got a great mind for the game, a passion for the game.
“He’s going to learn a lot at the next level — obviously some stuff that we may not have taught him — but I think his upside is incredible. LSU just got a very good prospect on their hands.”
More than the physical tools on the football field, Dykes was impressed with Sullivan’s ability to handle the recruiting process over the past three years.
Sullivan picked up his LSU offer as a sophomore, then committed as a junior. He reopened his recruitment in August to explore all of his options before the road eventually brought him back to LSU.
“He’s a very humble person, and the one thing that sticks out to me about Stephen is he endears himself to so many people so quick,” Dykes said.
“He’s a humble, hometown boy. The fact that LSU offered him as a sophomore like lightning out of the blue, then it started to snowball and you see all these different colleges around the SEC just piggyback on top of him with social media, it’s easy for a high school kid to have his head blow up as big as Christmas. He stayed the course, knew the process, and I’m happy for him at this point.”