At Saturday’s LSU Junior Day, Bradley Sylve will be one of the few prospects making his second trip of 2010 to the Tiger campus. In January, the early three-star wide receiver prospect spent time at LSU when the staff hosted some of the state’s top junior talent.
The point of the gathering was to stockpile the 2011 talent early – even earlier than the 2010 class, when the Tigers went over 20 commitments by the start of fall camp.
Headed into this weekend, the staff is sitting at seven total commitments. All of them are from Louisiana.
Sylve, who both runs track and plays wide receiver at South Plaquemines High, is being pressed arguably as hard as anyone in the state to become that next name on board.
“[Running backs] Coach Frank [Wilson] and [wide receivers] coach [Billy] Gonzales both wanted me to go ahead and get it over with when I visited last time, but I told them I wanted to wait,” he said.
The big question Tiger fans are wondering, of course, is whether that stance will change during his coming visit.
“It just might,” Sylve said. “There are a lot of reasons that it would make sense. I keep telling myself to wait, but I will just take the visit and roll with it. I have a blast every time I am around the other players and the LSU coaches, so that is my main focus.”
While the 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect has recently visited Alabama, the Crimson Tide are taking a backseat to the hometown team. The same goes for programs like Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Stanford and Tennessee, who have also offered.
Reason being, the Port Sulphur standout is infatuated with the idea of playing alongside talent that was born on the same fields as he was.
“Jarvis Landry is amazing, and I hope to see someone like Alonzo Lewis commit as well,” said Sylve of the in-state crop of receivers for 2011. “We could do big things, and that is just one position. That is what the staff is selling us all on, and it is going to be tough to pass up.”
Rehabbing from an injured foot, Sylve is ready to enter preparation stages for getting back into action for his senior season.
“A week ago I got the screws taken out,” he said. “The rehab starts next week, and I just hope it all goes well from there.”