Lowell's Cullen receives first D1 FBS offer

Lowell High head coach John Florence confirmed to ESPNBoston.com tonight that junior linebacker Shyheim Cullen received his first Division 1 FBS offer today, from Syracuse.

The 6-foot, 215-pound Cullen was one of just eight juniors selected to ESPN Boston's annual All-State Team last fall after leading the Red Raiders to the semifinals of the MIAA Division 1 North tournament. Manning the middle linebacker position in Florence's 3-3-5 defense, Cullen was particularly lethal on interior gap blitzes, recording 12 sacks to go along with 52 tackles.

A number of other local Division 1 schools have expressed varying degrees of interest in Cullen, including Boston College, UConn, UMass, Temple, Rutgers, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.