With January enrollment looming, four star Stephen Sullivan must decide soon between LSU, Mississippi State and TCU.

With his final days of high school now upon him. Donaldsonville, Louisiana wide receiver Stephen Sullivan has a decision to make. With official visits to LSU, Mississippi State and TCU under his belt, the Scout four star must narrow his trio of favorites down to one school in the coming days as he prepares for January enrollment.

Those who followed the early stages of Sullivan's college recruitment are likely surprised that Sullivan has a decision to make at all.

Nearly two years ago, the south Louisiana native found himself with an invitation from LSU head coach Les Miles to attend the Tigers' annual "Boys from the Boot" junior day event. The invitation only meet and greet has become a rite of passage for the top football prospects from the state of Louisiana who eventually wear the purple and gold.

Over the course of the day's events, prospects were treated to tours and carefully prepared programs to sell players on the benefits of staying home to play for the Tigers. Before heading home, Sullivan found himself across the desk from the top Tiger, Les Miles.

Just a sophomore at the time, Sullivan was shocked to learn that LSU was ready to offer him a scholarship. It took a matter of seconds for Sullivan to accept. 

The story could have ended there. Most LSU in state recruiting stories do, but this one had a plot twist or two to go. With his team in fall practice this past August, Sullivan elected to back off his early pledge to LSU. The National 300 member was back on the market after releasing a personal statement on Twitter.

"I have decided to de-commit from LSU. LSU is a great school and I love everything about it. Coach Cam and I have a great relationship. He understands me and everything I need. The LSU coaching staff treats me like family, that's what I love about it. But this is one of the biggest decisions of my life and I want to make sure it is the right decision for me and only me. LSU was my first D1 offer, so I guess you can say I got too excited about it.  I'm finally understanding what this recruiting process is all about. I realize that I cannot rush anything. I just want to make sure that I make the right decision and the right choice for me. The Tigers will still be one of my top schools & the next time I make my decision, it will be my final decision."

While the news was certainly not good news in Baton Rouge, it was not totally unexpected. The Horned Frogs of TCU had surged into contention with their pass happy scheme and the benefit of some family ties to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Mississippi State also looked to reconnect with Sullivan to see if their school would be a fit for him as they looked to fill their needs at wide receiver. The Bulldogs hosted the talented pass catcher on his first official visit. TCU had their chance to play host the following weekend, with LSU rolling out the purple carpet his past weekend.

"I had a great visit to LSU," Sullivan said. "Coach Miles, Coach Cam (Cameron) and Coach (Tony) Ball all treated me well. They really showed me a nice time. I enjoyed everything about the visit."

Some in Cajun country expected Sullivan to reaffirm his original pledge to the Tigers over the weekend, but that did not take place. The broadcast journalism hopeful returned home with his college intentions undeclared.

"I love LSU, but there are still some things we need to talk about. There are some things I am still not sure about," Sullivan said. "I am just not ready to talk about that yet though. I just need some time to think about everything."

Once Sullivan returned home from his official visit to Baton Rouge, a trio of Mississippi State coaches were waiting to meet with him. 

"I had a great visit with Coach (Dan) Mullen, Coach (Brian) Johnson and Coach (Billy) Gonzales," Sullivan said. "My family absolutely loved them. We just had a great time visiting and talking about how things would be if I went there.

"They were telling me that they are going to push me to be the best player and person that I can possibly be."

A big part of the Bulldog sales pitch appears to have had little to do with Xs and Os.

"Coach Mullen talked with me a lot about being part of a family," Sullivan shared. "Mississippi State has preached family from the beginning and that is one of the things that I love about them. They really do seem like a family and I saw that on my visit up there."

While the Horned Frogs were not part of the Sunday festivities, TCU remains in touch and in contention.

"I just got off of the phone with Coach (Rusty) Burns," Sullivan said. "He was just calling to check in with me and see where my head was at. TCU is still in it too. I am still thinking about all three of them."

These are big days for Sullivan who will have to make one of the biggest decisions of his young life. The 6-5, 220 pounder admits that having to tell two programs "No, thanks", will be difficult.

"Man, I am glad that the dead period is here," Sullivan sighed. "Coaches are blowing up my phone right now, but it's good to know that people want me. I want to go where I feel the most comfortable.

"The problem is that I feel comfortable at all three places. I feel comfortable with all three coaching staffs. It's going to be a tough decision and I am not sure how I am going to make a decision yet."

After his official visit to Starkville, Sullivan reported that he wanted to have his college destination settled before the Christmas holiday. As that day rapidly approaches, Sullivan is unsure if that time frame will hold.

"I really don't know what I want to do or where I want to go," Sullivan said. "I am just not sure when I am going to know for sure. I am going to take some time and talk about everything with my family and then make my decision.

"I know that no matter where I go that I am going to a great place. I just have to figure out where I feel like I will be the most comfortable and where I feel like is the best place for me."

Sullivan is on pace to graduate this month and enroll at the school of his choosing next month as a spring semester student. With the benefit of spring football practice, Sullivan hopes to make an impact as a true freshman.


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