Eli Sullivan’s name shows up all over the stat sheet for his high school in Longmont, Colorado.
For his coach, Doug Johnson, it was tough keeping him off the field.
“He’s very versatile,” said Johnson of the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Sullivan. “We threw the ball a lot better last year and he’s one of the best receivers I’ve coached. We didn’t throw it as well this year, but we were able to use him as a safety and he shined as a safety.”
Sullivan’s versatility was one thing that drew Nebraska’s interest as he signed with the Huskers as a preferred walk-on.
As a sophomore, Sullivan rushed for 878 yards and seven touchdowns and then caught 50 passes for 661 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.
This past season as a senior when Longmont went 12-1, Johnson said he used Sullivan full time on defense and half the offensive snaps. He ended up rushing for 524 yards and seven touchdowns, caught 12 passes and three TDs, while defensively he intercepted four passes, returning two of those for touchdowns.
For good measure, Sullivan was the team’s punter and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
“He’s a team guy,” Johnson said. “So the versatility along with the 'I’ll do whatever you need me to do to win this game' attitude is his strength. He’s the best stock blocker I’ve had, he’s the best route runner I’ve had.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he played either side (of the line of scrimmage at Nebraska). I know he can do it and I think that gives him a better chance to get on the field. I think that’s what he wants, too.”
Sullivan is a multi-sport athlete for Longmont. Besides starring in football, he’s been a four-year starter in basketball and competed at the state track meet. Longmont’s basketball team currently is 24-1 and will play in the Class 4A state quarterfinals on Saturday.
“Super athlete and a super student,” Johnson said. “He’s down the hall from me in calculus class, he’s taking AP physics. So you’re getting a blue-chip character kid.”
Johnson said Sullivan had scholarship offers from Division II programs, but passed on those to sign with Nebraska.