DONALDSONVILLE, La. — Committed to LSU for much of his junior year, Stephen Sullivan reopened his recruitment prior to the start of his senior season.
The objective: explore all of his options.
That he did, yet the road brought the 4-star Louisiana wide receiver right back to the Tigers.
Sullivan committed to LSU for a second time on Saturday night over the likes of fellow SEC West power Mississippi State and TCU, explaining that decommitting from LSU helped him realize that was where he ultimately wanted to wind up.
“I realized there were other things out there in the world I needed to see,” Sullivan told SEC Country. “I needed to make sure I made the right decision, and there was no place like LSU.”
Sullivan admitted he made his mind up a while ago, but still took the time to make official visits to all three finalists.
LSU offered Sullivan something neither Mississippi State nor TCU could: a closeness to home.
“It was LSU because I trust coach Cam (Cameron), coach (Les) Miles, and I trust what they’re doing over there,” Sullivan said. “It was close to home and I didn’t want my family to drive too far for home games, so LSU it was.
“I had to look where I fit, how far my family had to drive and what fit me. LSU was the best place for me.”
LSU finished ahead of the Bulldogs and Horned Frogs, and is getting its third wide receiver for the 2016 recruiting class. The Tigers have commitments from fellow Louisiana wide receiver Da’Monte Coxie and Texas 4-star wide receiver Dee Anderson.
Additionally, Miles’ and Cameron’s job security loomed large and only solidified Sullivan’s decision.
“It affected me a little bit, but I had to look over it. When Les Miles got the job back, I knew that was where I wanted to go,” Sullivan said.
“TCU and Mississippi State are great schools, great programs. I loved it at TCU and Mississippi State, but I could only pick one school. LSU it was.”