That's why the NC State coaching staff is taking a hard look at dual-threat quarterback Eddie Sullivan of Boca Raton, Florida.
Checking in at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Sullivan has been timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Although he's unranked by Scout.com, most consider him to be one of the top quarterback prospects in Florida. As a junior, Sullivan passed for 2,215 yards and 29 touchdowns with just five interceptions, en route to all-county, all-area, and third-team all-state honors.
"We run the spread option, and I have a good grasp of our offense," said Sullivan. "I think I do a good job of leading the team. Obviously I have to control the tempo of the offense and how the game is managed. I do a good job of that.
"A lot of the coaches say I have a very live arm, and I can make any throw college coaches need me to make. I can also make plays when nothing happens... make something happen on busted plays, and I can throw on the run."
His success on the gridiron has already led to several scholarship offers.
"I've been getting a couple of offers here and there between spring ball and everything," said Sullivan. "The most recent offer was from Wake Forest. I'm getting a heavy look from Rutgers right now, and I think they're going to offer. Miami of Ohio ... I've been hearing from them. I've also got offers from Iowa State, Kansas State and FIU."
In addition to those schools, Sullivan holds offers from Southern Miss and a few others. One of the more prestigious schools to offer Sullivan was scratched off his list after a short time.
"Basically, my dad doesn't want me going too far away from home," he said. "He likes the schools around here and he wants me to go somewhere to play football, not to go hold a clipboard. He wants me to go somewhere I'm loved, and so do I.
"I want to go to a school that wants me, and not just a school that I want. I'm getting recruited by Tennessee and they verbally offered me, but I just don't think it's the best fit."
While NC State hasn't offered, they are in the mix as Sullivan will attend the Wolfpack's first camp session.
"I'm coming up to NC State on (June) 20th," he continued. "That's for the camp. NC State has said that they have to have their QBs in camp for them to be able to offer them. Basically that's why I'm coming up there."
NC State has let all of the quarterback prospects know that to earn an offer they have to be evaluated in-person, whether at a workout or the Wolfpack's camp. An offer likely won't be extended until camp is over, and Sullivan understands their philosophy.
"I think it's a good strategy they have," he stated. "Quarterback is a touchy position. With linebackers or running backs you can just plug in the tape and basically throw out an offer, but with the quarterbacks it's a deal where it benefits you to see them in person.
"On film you can see things, but you see much more when you watch them at camp or live. The film doesn't show the little things like character and leadership. The quarterback has to run the offense... a lot of guys can throw the ball around, but I think the coaches need to have a feel for leadership qualities. You can see that at a camp. I think NC State's strategy is a good thing."
Sullivan already knows some about NC State. Wolfpack signee Brandan Bishop starred at wide receiver and safety for Boca Raton in 2008.
"Obviously I think you know Brandan Bishop," said Sullivan. "I liked playing with Brandan a lot. There's that thing where I could always go to him when we needed a big play. He'd catch the ball, he'd hit people... Brandan would do whatever he had to for us to win.
"He has told me a lot about [NC State]. He's told me it's a good town, and it is well-populated in Raleigh. I hear great things about NC State, so I'm excited to get up there to see what it's all about.
"If NC State likes me a lot, and I'm always talking to the coaches and trust them, then that's where I'll go."
Sullivan has already attended a camp at FIU and following the Wolfpack's camp he'll attend a three-day camp at Ohio State (June 23-26). He also plans on camping at Miami, Wake Forest, Mississippi State and Southern Miss in July.
Here are his thoughts on some of the other teams under consideration.
Wake Forest: "I'm one of their priorities. I like the academic programs they have and how highly regarded they are with academics. They also have really nice facilities and high graduation rates."
Southern Miss: "I really trust the coaches out there. Obviously Brett Favre came from out of there, and they are building facilities. I also really like the location."
Iowa State: "They are undergoing a lot of construction with the new stadium, and they have a good football program in the Big 12."
Does he have any favorites at this stage?
"Right now, no," said Sullivan. "Everybody asks me that question and right now I'm just enjoying the recruiting process. I kind of want to wait it out because I don't want to do anything wrong... I don't know where I'll be going until I take my visits.
"I know it's gonna get crazy around December or January when I have to make a decision. Basically, I have another year of football to play and I can't be worrying about all that just yet."
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