Sullivan Enthusiastic About Big Man Academy

Prior to the Big Man Academy, Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.) lineman Shayne Sullivan had never been to the Garden State. Sullivan, who holds a verbal scholarship offer from Temple, spoke with about his performance, chances at landing an offer and relationship with the Rutgers coaching staff.

Shayne Sullivan, a rising senior tackle at Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.), went into the spring evaluation period as a relative unknown. More than doubling his bodyweight from his first day as a freshman to the end of his junior year, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Sullivan recently picked up his first verbal scholarship offer from Temple.

Sullivan attended the Big Man Academy at Rutgers Saturday with the goal of a second offer and took away a lot from his first trip to the Garden State.

"It was a great camp," Sullivan said. "I learned a lot. Even if I never get an offer from Rutgers, I'm fine with it because the camp itself was well-worth the drive."

Sullivan raved about everything Rutgers and New Jersey.

"It was just a beautiful campus," Sullivan said. "It was a short ride. I was very impressed with the facilities and the area. [The camp] was run perfectly. It was exactly how a college camp like that should be run. I guess when you're in the same place for 11 years, you can fine-tune things and make it perfect for the high school kids coming in."

Only one verbal offer went out at the camp to a Class of 2012 lineman at the Big Man Academy and it did not go to Sullivan. He remained upbeat about feedback from the coaching staff and said he will hear more soon.

"[Assistant coach P.J.] Fleck is my recruiter and he told me we'll be staying in touch," Sullivan said. "I was getting lots of compliments from the staff. Overall, they seemed pretty satisfied with my performance."

Sullivan, who plays right tackle for his high school, thinks he projects best as a tackle in college, but spent significant time in the interior line at the Big Man Academy. Sullivan played both guard and center during team drills.

"I thought I did pretty good and got that impression from the coaches as well," he said. "My offense runs the ball maybe 90 percent of the time, so it took a little while to get used to the pass blocking. I think I was one of the best in run-blocking. I surprised some people.

"I don't do much pass-blocking, but I caught on pretty quickly. I feel like I learned a ton in that aspect and that will be huge no matter where I end up for college and in the rest of my camps."

Assistant coaches Kyle Flood and Brian Angelicho had the strongest influence on Sullivan, he said. Of every camp Sullivan has been to, Rutgers was his favorite.

"They filmed the practice and we watched the tape," Sullivan said. "I picked up a lot of mistakes and teaching points from the tape. It was awesome watching that with Coach Flood. He's great to work with. He knows what it takes to be a college lineman and has put people in the NFL. He's one of the best in the country and to have him critique my game was an honor."

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