On Tuesday, Kent State’s football program grabbed its eighth commit for the 2018 class: Offensive lineman Michael Sullivan from Norfolk, Mass.
Sullivan is a 6-6, 305-pound lineman who is currently unranked by 247sports.com, but during his time at Noble and Greenough School, he received invaluable training for his position.
“I’ve got to attribute everything I learned as an offensive lineman to my offensive line coach, Pete Kendall, he’s just an unbelievable coach,” Sullivan said. “Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. His training, in high school, has really given me an edge.”
Kendall is a former first-round NFL Draft pick out of Boston College who played in the league for 13 years. From 1996-2008, Kendall played for the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and Washington Redskins, playing in 189 games and starting all but once.
Where has Sullivan noticed his growth as an offensive lineman with Kendall’s coaching?
“Definitely pass protection and my ability to kick. From … And developing an attitude for run blocking: Finishing after every play, sprinting after the line and back. It’s just something he really prides himself in and takes to heart.”
Sullivan received two scholarship offers leading up to his decision: One from Kent State, the other from Rhode Island. Still, he was active in his college searching efforts, visiting various colleges including Buffalo and Western Michigan.
— Michael Sullivan (@MikeSull73) November 28, 2017
What Sullivan enjoyed about Kent State was its big-school feel and simply being away from his hometown.
“I’m pretty excited about the distance. It’s not like I hate Massachusetts or anything. I’ve been in Norfolk, Mass. my whole life, there’s only (~11,000) people in it, it’s a small town, we’ve got one stop light, … it’s time to move on. I’m excited to go to Kent for college,” Sullivan said.
“Stepping on campus, you get a feeling of what it’s like to be a student there. Honestly, one of the big things that was a factor for me was the weather. I really like cold weather, the whole MAC schools’ weather, and that has always been a desire for me. I don’t know why, but it factors into the student life for me. I always like the cold, wearing shorts and a tee shirt all year.”
Sullivan’s decision to commit to Kent State came less than a week after news came out about the university’s decision to not bring back head coach Paul Haynes, whose contract was set to expire after the 2017 season. Sullivan said that he’s confident in the university to find a new coach and is excited to play for whoever takes over.