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Hewlett's Niv Sultan commits to Harvard

NIV SULTAN Hewlett DL, 6-4, 255, Sr. After

DL, 6-4, 255, Sr.
After missing his junior season when his family moved to Israel, Sultan returned to make 88 tackles with five sacks from the middle of the Bulldogs' defense. He'll play at Harvard next year. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Niv Sultan, a 6-4, 260-pound defensive end/guard from Hewlett, committed to play football at Harvard on Monday.

The Bulldogs star received scholarship offers from Syracuse and UConn, and was being pursued by Princeton, but in the end decided on the Crimson.

"Attending Harvard is something that every person in America dreams about," Sultan said. "I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to do so, and play football as well."

This season, the first-team All Long Island selection made 88 tackles and five sacks for Hewlett (7-3), which advanced to the Conference III semifinals before losing to Lawrence.

Last week Sultan, who is also an All Conference wrestler, was given the 2010 Jay Fiedler Top Scholar-Athlete Award by the National Football Foundation. He has a 96 grade point average and scored 1,400 on the math and verbal sections of the SAT.

An All County selection as a sophomore, Sultan moved with his family to Hod Hasharon, Israel, for the beginning of his junior year. He played for an amateur football team against 20- and 30-year-olds there before moving back to Hewlett. He was not paid to play, leaving him in good standing with the NCAA.

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