Not so much did he miss the action on the gridiron – Sylve hurt his foot in South Plaquemines season opener against Belle Chasse – but rather, the hype from the fans to player simply overtook him.
“Just being on the field and standing there watching the players warm up, it made me feel great inside,” he said. “It was what football is all about. The huge stadium with the loudest fans and two great teams just set the stage. I could barely stand still.”
When Florida charged midfield before the game to celebrate on the Tiger-eye, the LSU team took to the same spot and offered a celebration of their own. The stadium erupted, as did Sylve.
“That was when I was ready to just put the crutches down and take a jersey and go,” he laughed. “It was really cool to see. LSU is the type of place I can really see myself ending up.”
As for when a decision could come, Sylve said that he understands the reasoning behind early commitments from local prospects Jeremy Hill and La’el Collins – and the Port Sulpher native said that his call might come sooner than most expect.
“Personally, I can see exactly why they want to go ahead and commit, because now they can help recruit the other 2011 guys,” Sylve said. “And for me, LSU is No. 1 on my list. I like the school and I could see myself there.
“I am going to give it some time and then see where things take me.”
Unfortunately, Sylve has plenty of time to sit around with his thoughts.
“It looks like I am done playing for the season,” he said. “It was the second possession of the Belle Chasse game, and when I jumped and landed someone hit me from behind and got my foot awkwardly. I thought it was just cramped, but later I could tell it was really hurt.
“I had surgery a couple weeks back, and I will get the cast off on Nov. 3,” he added. “Then I have the two screws in my foot, and those have to come out in January. I know I will have a lot of work to do to get back to strength, but I will make it happen. I am not going to lose a bit of my speed.”