Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan narrows college options to ‘Top 5’

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Sunday, April 30, 2023 | 2:56 PM


Central Catholic already has one junior linebacker committed to a Power 5 school but soon will have another.

Cole Sullivan, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound outside linebacker, narrowed his college options when he announced a Top 5 list Saturday with Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford and Wisconsin as finalists. He’d received more than two dozen offers, including Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia which didn’t make his cut.

Rivals.com rated Sullivan as a three-star prospect and 17th in the state among 2024 graduates.

Akron, Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Kent State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Ohio), Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Utah and Virginia Tech also had offered him a scholarship.

He was credited with more than 100 tackles last fall, despite playing part of the season with a cast on one hand. The Vikings were the WPIAL Class 6A runners-up, and Sullivan was named a TribLive HSSN Terrific 25 all-star.

His teammate, junior inside linebacker Anthony Speca, committed to Penn State in January.

Sullivan is a multi-sport athlete at Central Catholic. He also started at forward for a basketball team that won a WPIAL title this winter.

Chris Harlan is a TribLive reporter covering sports. He joined the Trib in 2009 after seven years as a reporter at the Beaver County Times. He can be reached at charlan@triblive.com.

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