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Texas offers 4-star WR Stephen Sullivan

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The big-bodied wide receiver could quickly grow into a tight end in college.

Stephen Sullivan
Stephen Sullivan
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There's another Louisiana target on the Texas Longhorns recruiting radar, as the Horns extended a Wednesday offer to Donaldsonville wide receiver Stephen Sullivan:

The 6'5, 230-pounder is an elite prospect -- he's a consensus four-star recruit, the No. 105 player nationally, the No. 18 wide receiver, and the No. 8 recruit in Louisiana, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. A former LSU commit, Sullivan also holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee, and a handful of other schools.

Sullivan originally committed to the home-state Tigers on a Junior Day in early 2014 upon receiving his offer and visited multiple times after his pledge, but decided to re-open his recruitment in August. Since then, a number of offers from big schools have come in, while another visit to Baton Rouge back in September provided evidence that LSU is still in the mix.

So did a top six that included LSU, TCU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn, and Tennessee. Even though TCU is the only non-SEC school on the list, six predictions have come in for the Horned Frogs in Sullivan's 247Sports Crystal Ball since his decommitment.

The big-bodied wide receiver caught 57 passes for 987 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior and has the frame to eventually grow into a pass-catching tight end. In height and weight, he's similar to Ricky Seals-Jones in high school, but where Seals-Jones was always mature for his age in strength and overall physical development, Sullivan looks like a guy who could quickly gain 20 pounds in a college strength and conditioning program.

So this offer isn't about the Horns pursuing yet another wide receiver in the 2016 class, it's about adding a complementary piece to the current tight end commit, Peyton Aucoin, who is a blocking specialist. The key for Sullivan will be maintaining his athleticism once he adds that weight, as his 4.72 40-yard dash at the New Orleans The Opening Regional this year and 4.6 shuttle are much better times for a tight end than a wide receiver.