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Monday January 29, 2018 at 1:50pm Age: 294 days
Category: Athletics, District, High School

MINISINK'S JUNIOR LONG SNAPPER SULLIVAN MAKES NEWS


In football, long snappers don’t make headlines, but Minisink Valley’s junior long snapper Austin Sullivan is already proving to be an exception.

Recently, Austin received headline attention from The Times Herald Record, after a Penn State special teams coach came to Minisink and left Austin an invitation to the Big Ten school’s Junior Day in March. He is being recruited by several other prestigious institutions, and this past Saturday, Jan. 27, Austin participated in the Army Junior Night at West Point.

“It was awesome!” Austin said of his West Point experience. “They gave us a three-hour tour of the campus, which is beautiful, and told us what to expect. It’s a big commitment.”

But Austin knows something about commitment. Ranking as one of the country’s top high school long snappers in two recent kicking-service rankings doesn’t come easy. He’s been snapping since seventh grade, when he went to his first of many, long-snapping summer camps, and he doesn’t know an off season when it comes to practicing. You might have seen him and his father, James, at the Greenville Park this winter.

“It takes a lot of practice. There are a lot of details, a lot of techniques you need to constantly work on,” he said. Thinking ahead, “I can’t wait for the next football season, and see what our team can do,” he said.

A member of MVHS National Honor Society, Austin is also committed to his studies, and he favors history and English.

Congratulations, Austin!