LSU Visits Bradley Sylve

In the race to land one of the nation's fastest athletes, LSU appears to hold a slight edge over Alabama. For the Tigers, Frank Wilson and Billy Gonzales now look to open up the lead.

Bradley Sylve isn’t short on scholarship offers, and the Port Sulphur, La. resident admits that there aren’t many schools he is still waiting around to hear from.

That means that the days ahead will bring Sylve closer and closer to a final decision, one now that appears headed for a showdown between LSU and the defending National Champions.

“LSU is still up there at the top of my list, but the past couple of months I have started to hear from Alabama a lot more as well,” Sylve said. “I got hooked up with a couple of different coaches up there in Tuscaloosa, and right now I am just listening to what everyone has to say. They are laying out the number of receivers on the board and showing me where I fit, and I feel like they want me as much as LSU.

“Both places are the best of the best in the SEC, and that is where the big time football down here is. I just consider it an honor to have a shot at playing at either place.”

LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson, in his first spring evaluation period with the Tigers, is now spearheading the operations in the recruiting war room. After assigning new wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales to Sylve, the pair set out for South Plaquemines High.

“Coach Frank came by and visited last week, and then coach Gonzales just came by,” Sylve said. “I know both those guys really want me at LSU. I just have to take my looks around. LSU has always had tons of talented receivers, and I want to be a part of that sort of success.

“What I want to make sure of is that when I get to a campus I will have a shot at competing to get on the field. I don’t want to have to end up at any school, LSU or somewhere else, where I have to wait until my junior season to see playing time.”

With plans to camp at both Alabama and LSU this summer, the picture will certainly gain clarity as the coming months pass.

Until then, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete is focused on getting back to full strength on the track. After he suffered a torn ligament in his foot in the season opener against Belle Chase last fall, the coming weekend gives the rising senior a chance to officially track his progress.

“I am headed to Baton Rouge to run in the 100, 200, 4x1 and 4x2 relays,” Sylve said. “I would say I am at about 90-percent right now in terms of my health. By the end of the summer I am going to be back to normal. The speed and everything is still there, so the rehab went as planned.”

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