The rising senior offensive lineman from Auburn High School is trying to add to his skills by subtraction this summer.
"My goal is to get to 300 pounds my senior season," the six-foot-four lineman says. "I have lost 20 pounds already this summer and I am down to 319.
"I think that I have improved a lot this year and I think that losing the weight has helped me," he adds.
The weight loss has certainly improved his quickness. Sullen was one of the most impressive linemen at Auburn's last football camp of the summer, a one-day session on July 12th.
The big offensive tackle had been to an earlier camp at AU and wasn't planning to attend the one-day event, but was surprised to get a last-minute invitation from the Auburn coaches asking him to drive across town and drill with the group for an afternoon.
He took advantage of the opportunity and performed well in the one-on-one drills vs. the defensive line prospects, earning high fives and pats on the back from other campers as well as the coaches. "I had fun out there," he says.
John Sullen controls a defensive player in a one-on-one drill at the Auburn camp in July.
Although Sullen has seven scholarship offers, he still doesn't have one from the hometown Tigers. However, he is a guy that one local coach really likes and that is Auburn High head man Tim Carter. "He has told me he appreciates how hard I am working in the weight room and told me to keep working hard," Sullen says.
Under Carter the AHS program has improved in recent seasons and done of the reason is that the school is developing college prospects like Sullen.
Commenting on his goal for his senior season, Sullen says, "Basically it is just to help my team win and become a better leader."
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