Though Bradley Sylve headed back to Port Sulphur still uncommitted, the thought of being a Tiger was in his mind all day.
“Just being around coach Les Miles and his staff, as well chilling with the other recruits, gave me that comfortable feeling of being at home,” Sylve said. “The whole day I just thought about committing. I couldn’t even tell you why I didn’t.
“I told myself I needed a little more time, but I have a feeling it won’t be long.”
In a one-on-one sit down in Miles’ office, the three-star wide receiver prospect passed that same message along.
“Coach Miles asked me where I stood, and I said that LSU was the school I had always dreamed of playing at,” Sylve said. “He told me that the school needed me, and he said to go home and think about my decision and call him back when I am ready to jump on board.
“I told him that my commitment was coming soon, and I could tell he was super happy with that.”
Sylve pointed to his chat with new wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, who was formerly a member of the Florida Gator staff, as one of the best parts of his Saturday visit.
“Coach G told me that Miles had given him my highlight tape to look over, and he said that it blew him away,” Sylve said. “He told me he has put 15 players into the league, and he wanted me to be on that list. When he mentioned guys like Percy Harvin, I was all about it.”
Sylve spent the day alongside other 2011 prospects touring the campus and taking in the behind-the-scenes views.
“We did that Lawton Center for lunch, then the coaches brought us to the academic center,” he said. “That was something that really did it for me. Academic wise, coach Miles promised LSU would really help me.”
Sylve, who will have the screws taken out of his broken foot on Feb. 8, said that he even got a quick view of the medical side of LSU’s athletic department.
“You would think it was all football, but the coaches pulled me aside and showed me all the medical stuff that they can use with their players,” he said. “I was shocked to see it. It was like a doctor’s office in there, with the x-ray machines and all that. That really impressed me, because if another injury happens, they can take perfect care of me.”
Back home, Sylve said that the coming weeks would hold plenty of thought – and a possible decision.
“Like I told coach Miles, it’s coming,” Sylve said. “My parents don’t even want me to wait. They support committing early to the fullest. All they want is for me to be happy.
“I’m almost there.”