Auburn Commitment Enjoys Big Cat Experience

Elijah Sullivan talks about his Big Cat visit, bringing his teammate and Alabama commitment Jonathan Ledbetter with him, and more

Tucker, Ga.--One of Auburn's earliest commitments for the 2015 football signing class, choosing the Tigers back in late February, three-star defender Elijah Sullivan was back on the Plains last weekend to take part in the fun and games surrounding Big Cat Weekend.

Visiting along with teammate and Alabama commitment Jonathan Ledbetter, the athletic Sullivan said it was a great time for everyone. A much different weekend with the focus on building relationships and just having fun, he said Auburn's coaches accomplished that goal in his mind.

"It was good," Sullivan said. "There were a lot of people that came out. We had a lot of recruits and people looking at the school that think highly of it. We played a lot of games and had a lot of interaction. We met a lot of families and guys like D'Anfernee McGriff, the kid from Langston Hughes (Montavious Atkinson and D'Andre Walker). It was really fun."

Even though Sullivan said he had talked with several of the other players in attendance before, getting to sit down and spend some quality time with many of visitors was something very different than on most visits. He said that was one of the things that stood out to him the most because it helped to continue building the camaraderie in the 2015 recruiting class.

"When you meet them online or on twitter it's not the same as meeting them in person," Sullivan said. "It was great. Everybody interacted well. It was a great time all the way around.

"It was pretty relaxed and chilled," he added. "It was family time. Everybody just gathered out each other. It was pretty fun."

There is no question that one of the focal points in this year's recruiting class is on the defensive line, making the second visit from Ledbetter an even bigger deal for the Tigers. Making the trip with Sullivan for Auburn's A-Day game in April, Sullivan said he believes that his good friend and teammate had another positive trip to the Plains this time around.

"He liked it," Sullivan said of Ledbetter. "We had a nice time, but I don't know where he stands right now. It was a nice day and a pretty successful day."

A big hitter from the linebacker position for Tucker, the 6-1, 205 Sullivan is capable of playing several different roles in Auburn's defense. Because of that he said this spring and summer will allow him to focus on more of the skills he'll need when he gets with the Tigers next year.

"For my senior year I'm just working on my speed, my flexibility, how well I can play the ball, things like that," Sullivan said. "I'm just seeing how I can better myself before I get over there and play for the Auburn Tigers."


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