Jayden Sullins

Cullman's Jayden Sullins, sitting right, signs a national letter of intent to play football at Navy on Friday. He is joined up front by his brother, Celton. Standing (from L to R) are his father, Jeffrey, and his mother, Angela.

Jayden Sullins is dropping anchor in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Cullman High football standout — surrounded by family, friends, coaches, teammates and administrators inside Tillman Hall — inked a national letter of intent with the United States Naval Academy on Friday, officially capping off a sensational career with the Bearcats.

Sullins will now look to make plays for head coach Ken Niumatalolo and the Midshipmen beginning this fall.

"I'm extremely blessed," he said. "I want to thank everybody who helped me get to this point — my family, my friends, my administrators, my coaches. I couldn't make it without all of them. It's always been a dream of mine to play Division I football and to be able to carry on that dream ... words can't describe it. It's amazing."

The talented running back put together a fantastic senior season with Cullman.

He rushed for 1,209 yards and six touchdowns on 196 carries and hauled in 11 catches for 95 yards.

Sullins also added 283 return yards en route to earning All-State (Class 6A second-team athlete) honors.

For his career, Sullins carried the ball 478 times for 2,425 yards and 20 touchdowns.

He corralled 121 receptions for 1,260 yards and eight additional touchdowns as well.

Do the math, and that's 6.15 yards per touch from the line of scrimmage.

"The yards and stuff is great but being with my teammates and helping them ... if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't even be here," Sullins said. "The brotherhood is what I'm most proud of."

Oscar Glasscock may have only had Sullins for one season, but that was more than enough for the first-year Black and Gold coach to recognize the tremendous talent wearing the No. 23 jersey.

Not to mention one particular attribute.

"The absolute No. 1 thing about Jayden is that he's highly motivated to play college football," Glasscock said. "He did the extra. He didn't do the minimal, he did the extra to prepare himself. A lot of kids think that they want to play college athletics and talk about it, but they're not willing to do the extra and don't know what it takes to get there. I think since Day 1 at Cullman, Jayden was motivated to play and worked hard and did everything he could extra-wise, including academically. That's why he is where he is today."

Sullins will take part in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Atlanta on Monday.

After that, he will begin preparing for the transition to college — both on and off the field.

It's a journey he can't wait to begin.

"I'm just getting ready — working out and training hard for when I get there," Sullins said. "I'm going to miss playing at Cullman, but I'm also ready to move on to the next chapter. I have experienced a lot of really great moments here."

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.​

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