William Sullivan, an offensive tackle for Western Harnett High School, is a two-time All-Conference performer at offensive tackle. He also started some as a sophomore on defense.
"Frankly, I think he is a very undervalued kid as a football prospect," says Western Harnett High coach Bill Wyrick. "If you are around this business for a long time like I have been, you see lots of kids who everybody wants get to college and not do anything. You also see lots of kids who hardly anybody wants turn out to be great college football players."
Although he played tackle for Western Harnett, Wyrick says that Sullivan projects as guard or center if he plays at the major college level. "Many of the smaller schools that are interested in him are recruiting him as a tackle."
Sullivan does not have a scholarship offer from Auburn, his coach says. "It has been a big surprise to us that he doesn't have any major college offers," Wyrick said. "He has taken official visits only to small schools--Coastal Carolina, Lenoir-Rhyne and Catawba. Some of the ACC schools and East Carolina have shown some interest, but none of them have brought him in for a visit."
In bare feet, Sullivan is six-foot-four and weighs in at 290 pounds, notes Wyrick, who says, "We don't measure them with their cleats on. I am not sure if Auburn will offer him, but we sent them film on him and they are interested."
The Western Harnett High coach says that Sullivan is one of eight players who won awards at the annual Down And Dirty Lineman Camp last summer in Florida. "Coaches there were all over him and we were expecting him to get a lot of offers from major schools," Wyrick says. "It has been surprising it hasn't happened, especially since he had a really good senior year. He has a chance to be a good college player and is a good kid, too."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Auburn signed a much more highly touted player out of Western Harnett High, defensive end Forrest Tucker, who never arrived at AU due to academic shortcomings. Tucker, who had offers from colleges around the country, attended Hargrave Military Academy but didn't qualify there. He then moved on to Fort Scott, Kan., Community College, but got homesick after the death of his grandfather, who had big influence on him. He decided not to return to Fort Scott and took a scholarship to play Division II football at Newberry College. "Forrest decided to go to Newberry because he has a friend who is a wide receiver on the team and it is close to home," Wyrick says.