Nate Sullivan

Nate Sullivan is the third player in Bellevue West's 2020 class to commit to a Division I football program.

Nate Sullivan, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver at Bellevue West, announced his commitment to South Dakota State on Friday.

“It really did feel like a place I can call home,” Sullivan said. “I made really strong relationships with almost every single coach in the program, and I visited them more than any other school. There was not a week that went by where I was not in some form of communication with a coach, which showed how much they love and care.”

Sullivan, in the 2020 graduating class, could’ve waited for higher-level offers. Two weeks ago, he received offers from FBS schools Central Michigan and Buffalo. He also had offers from Youngstown State, North Dakota, Northern Iowa and Dartmouth.

Sullivan said SDSU and Buffalo were the two schools he thought about most. But proximity to home was a key factor, and his parents want to be able to see him play in college.

“I was gonna try and hold off just a little longer, just to see how things would come into play and see what would happen,” Sullivan said. “The recruiting process really started to speed up, and SDSU has been at the top of my list for a while.”

Sullivan will likely play receiver and some safety for Bellevue West in the fall. When he gets to Brookings, he will be on the offensive side of the ball.

“Wide receiver is the position they have recruited me for, and that’s what most schools were recruiting me as,” Sullivan said. “They see me playing at wideout or in the slot.”

Sullivan is the fourth Nebraskan to commit to SDSU. He joins Omaha Central’s Abe Hoskins, Millard West’s Dalys Beanum and Lincoln Southeast’s Isaac Appleget.

He’s also the third player from Bellevue West to commit to a Division I school, following receiver Zavier Betts (Nebraska) and running back Jay Ducker (Northern Illinois).

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