Posted: 6:27 am Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Others calling, but QB Eddie Sullivan still committed to Wake Forest as grey-shirt 

By Jason Lieser

Boca Raton coaches said quarterback Eddie Sullivan, the area’s No. 2 prospect at his position, remains committed to Wake Forest despite pushes from other schools.

Bobcats assistant coach Eric Davis, who personally trained Sullivan as a quarterback, said Sullivan took an official visit to Marshall over the weekend, but it appears he still prefers Wake Forest.

“It’s still on,” Davis said. “After speaking to him yesterday and last night, he’s still Wake Forest.

Sullivan scrambles against Park Vista during the 2009 season. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

Sullivan scrambles against Park Vista during the 2009 season. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

“There’s a couple MAC schools that are coming at him, but Wake Forest is still at the top of his list. He likes the idea of ACC competition and a little bigger stage.”

Sullivan (6-2, 200, No. 18 on The Big Board) has been unavailable for comment.

Davis said Sullivan has agreed to grey-shirt with the Demon Deacons. It has not come up in this area recently, but grey-shirting is a common practice in college football. A grey-shirt player is one who delays enrollment by one semester in order to gain essentially an extra year of eligibility.

Sullivan, for example, could take the fall semester off or take fall courses as a regular student. He would then join the football team in January 2011 and begin practices that spring.

“It’s not a problem, but just like any other competitive athlete, he’d like to be there in June,” Davis said. “It does kind of work to the kid’s advantage, though. It gives them an extra year. Why show up a year early and run the scout team?”

As Davis alluded to, the upside is Sullivan would not waste a redshirt year his first season.

However, Boca Raton coach Keith Byars said, gray-shirting has the potential to keep Sullivan out of action for his first two seasons.

Byars

Byars

“When you get grey-shirted, a lot of times that turns into a redshirt the following year,” Byars said. “You’re not going to play until Fall 2012. You sit on the bench for two years.

“In October, I would have told you (Sullivan is grey-shirting). But here in January, I don’t know. Eddie was in my office last week and I told him, ‘You’ve got to be selfish.’”

Wake Forest remains the obvious destination for Sullivan and Davis said he is scheduled to take an official visit there the weekend before national signing day (Feb. 3).

Relative to other positions, quarterbacks tend to uphold their commitments at this point. There are always exceptions — and any school would accept an elite national prospect like Terrelle Pryor at any time — but schools do not intend to sign many quarterbacks from the same recruiting class.

Davis said Kansas State no longer is a contender for Sullivan because the Wildcats got a commitment from a different quarterback. Tennessee also appears to be out of the mix because of its recent coaching change.

Sullivan committed to Wake Forest in early August, but no player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent. The first day seniors can sign is Feb. 3, national signing day.

“Eddie is still committed to Wake Forest, but he’s looking around at other places,” Byars said. “I tell kids to take their visits. Until you sign, look at your options.”

As a senior, Sullivan threw for 2,277 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns.