The recruiting process may not be going exactly how Waco (Texas) Reicher quarterback Payne Sullins envisioned, but the 6-foot-3, 180-pound athlete has faith that the right fit could come along.
"You put in so much work, at camps and everything, and [playing college football] is something I've been striving towards for a long time. It's a little heartbreaking to see things not play out your way, but that's life," he said.
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Sullins, who attends a smaller private school in Waco, had been offered by Penn early in the process, but the Quakers' only took one quarterback in the 2014 class.
I didn't commit soon enough and someone else committed before me," he said.
The athlete, who maintains a 3.8 GPA, had been receiving interest from a handful of programs, but has been waiting for the recruiting 'domino effect' to work itself out.
"I talked to Utah State for a long time, but last week they signed another guy. I'd been talking with New Mexico State for a long time, but three weeks ago they signed another guy. Those were the two I was talking with coming out of the season, it just didn't pan out.
"But I've been sending out emails, calls, but it will just take somebody to have that interest. I've done what I can; I've been as active as possible, just try to get in touch with as many people as I can, like New Mexico, Colorado, UTSA, Baylor, Ivy League. I've been looking around the country," he said.
Sullins, who threw for nearly 3000 yards for the second season in a row and rushed for an additional 700 yards this fall, is confident that he has the tools and ability to command an offense at the next level.
"I'm a good player; everywhere I've been, I've adapted and I'm able to succeed. Even at the [Tom Hillary Classic] All-Star game, I had three days of practice and came out and threw three touchdowns. I just adapt, I get in there and I play. I'm a gamer.
"That's how I sell myself; I'm able to improvise, think, and show what I am able to do in a game situation. I've always succeeded. The proof is in what I've done, it's just going to take someone who will take that chance," he said.