Minisink Valley long snapper Austin Sullivan impressed after Penn State visit

Minisink Valley junior long snapper Austin Sullivan said Penn State is his No. 1 school after an “unbelievable” visit to Happy Valley Saturday.

Sullivan toured the athletic and academic facilities in his first visit to State College and watched the Nittany Lions conduct a spring practice.

Penn State special teams Phil Galiano, who visited Minisink Valley earlier this year, spoke with Sullivan in his office. Then, Sullivan was called into head coach James Franklin’s office where he was presented with a preferred walk-on offer.

“The offer was out of the blue,” Sullivan said. “This is very early. I did not expect an offer. I’m friends with former Oklahoma LS Wesley Horky and he didn’t get his Oklahoma scholarship until the day before signing day. I didn’t expect this because they didn’t see me snap live. It was solely off my film. I’m not complaining. I’m happy. Penn State is an awesome program.”

Sullivan is also being recruited by Syracuse and Houston. Army invited Sullivan to its Junior Day in February. But, Sullivan said he, “hasn’t talked to Army in a while.” Sullivan will be in attendance for Syracuse’s spring football game Friday and is heading back to Penn State for its Blue-White Game on April 21.

“I definitely feel like they (Penn State) have some serious interest,” Sullivan said.


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