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National Signing Day 2015: Elijah Sullivan signs with Kansas State over Auburn

K-State fans are not used to surprises during recruiting.

A freaknasty linebacker? Yes, please.
A freaknasty linebacker? Yes, please.
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It finally happened. K-State was on the positive end of a last-minute Signing Day flip. And what a huge flip it was.

Elijah Sullivan, a 6'0" 210lb 3-star LB from Tucker, GA (Tucker), had long been committed to Auburn, being the first young man to commit to Auburn's 2015 recruiting class nearly a year ago. But a decision by the Auburn staff to offer a greyshirt to the talented young man put him suddenly back in a position to re-open his recruiting.

And he turned to two young men he trusted for advice, two young men that were already signed and sealed for K-State: Duke Shelley and Justin Hughes. Likely, one of these two men alerted Coach Andre Coleman to the situation, who then swooped in at the last minute to offer a full right-now scholarship offer. And the rest, as they say, is history. It wasn't long before Sullivan had signed his paperwork and submitted it to the K-State staff, locking him up as a Wildcat.

So lets take a look at this young man, who wasn't even on the recruiting radar for K-State before this morning.

Sullivan is a consensus 3-star according to 247Sports composite, though their service rates him as a 4-star. ESPN rates him as a mid-level 3-star, and Rivals puts him towards the higher end of 3-star. His Hudl highlights (below) show an athlete with great vision and burst, and a nasty streak when playing LB. He's been described with words like "explosive" and "violent", which is really great for a LB.

While a redshirt is entirely likely for Elijah, and he could stand to gain a few pounds to his frame for Big 12 play, he has the skill and elite athleticism to make an early impact.