WATCH: Four-star OL Sullivan Absher to make college pledge, live Friday on CBS Sports HQ


Sullivan Absher, a four-star prospect and the No. 275 overall player in the class of 2023, will announce his engagement to college live Friday at 4 p.m. ET on CBS Sports HQ. He has narrowed his finalists down to Notre Dame, NC State and Clemson with the 247Sports Crystal Ball giving Fighting Irish and freshman coach Marcus Freeman the best chance of landing his serve. You can watch the announcement live in the video at the top of this pageon the CBS Sports App or through your connected device (Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV).

Absher, a 6-foot-7, 290-pounder from South Point High School in Belmont, North Carolina, is the 10th-ranked player in the state and ranked No. 22 offensive tackle during the current recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Brian Dohn, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, provided this scouting report on Absher.

“Plus length verified size,” Dohn wrote. Well-proportioned frame with room for development. Multisport profile includes basketball. Tackle setup for South Point and is a physical, devastating run blocker. Athletics radiate into space. Fires quickly, up and into defensive player. Plays with quick feet and balance .Has a strong base and is able to push the defending player back when attacking. Scrapes and reaches second level easily. Plays with strong, heavy hands and finishes blocks consistently. Excellent downward blocker. Sideways movement is very good and makes for wide gaps.”

Absher plays in a very heavy attack, which has prevented him from showing his skills in pass protection. That said, Dohn thinks he can handle pass protection once he gets to the next level.

“Lack of professional experience, as South Point rarely succeeds, but athleticism and height should help with college-level development,” Dohn wrote. “Team threw 52 passes (16 completed) in 15 games so not much chance for in-game experience. Needs work on sitting in base and using kickstep during in-game situations. sets. Sometimes the waste bends into run blocking “So need to be more consistent with sinking hips. Multi-year starter at Power 5 level with Top 20 program. NFL late-round draft pick potential with ability to climb higher.”

Absher also shines on the basketball and baseball field. He has made unofficial visits to Notre Dame and NC State for the past three months.

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