Sullivan talks signing with Navy

Out of Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va., Hudson Sullivan had a deciding moment in his recruiting when he visited Navy with his head coach, Tony Verducci, a former Navy player, when the Midshipmen faced Hawaii last November.

Out of Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va., Hudson Sullivan had a deciding moment in his recruiting when he visited Navy with his head coach, Tony Verducci, a former Navy player, when the Midshipmen faced Hawaii last November. The 6-foot-2, 235-poud linebacker came away with what he describes as a "great feeling" at Annapolis that day and signed with the Naval Academy in February.

"I enjoyed being around all of the coaches and players," said Sullivan. "When I went there for my official visit on [January] 11th I felt like the recruits were a lot like me after getting to spend time with them. They have the best combination of academics and football out there. The way they do it at Navy is just so well done. I noticed that everyone took time to thank the catering staff where on other visits they didn't do that. It's just little things like that that made a lasting impression on me. Even if they didn't have the football program, which is doing great, the academy itself is something far greater.

"When I was there on my visit for the Hawaii game, Coach Culton said the coaches watched my film that night and he offered me the next morning. They told me I was an explosive player. On film, they talked about one play I made where I chase down the running back from behind and forced a fumble which resulted in a touchback. They loved it. They mentioned they like my drive and the mentality in which I play the game.

"I'll be attending NAPS prior to going into the academy. I'm just training right now and working on getting back to 100-percent with my foot. I'm almost there. I'll be going to Annapolis in a few weeks for a Navy spring practice."

Sullivan was named second team all-State as a sophomore and first team all-State as a junior. The foot injury kept him out half of his senior season but he still took home second team All-State honors. On National Signing Day, Sullivan put had the hats of Navy, James Madison, and New Hampshire on his table and kept his pledge to the Midshipmen. Sullivan plans on studying Oceanography as a major at the Naval Academy.


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