But still the safety from Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La., hadn’t quite been expecting the news to become official Wednesday when Irish defensive backs coach Todd Lyght put in a phone call. Not that Sylvie would complain about the timing.
“My relationship with them is with coach Lyght,” Sylvie said. “I’ve been talking to him since the beginning, early this May. We’ve just been building a relationship and (Wednesday) I was offered by him. It kinda caught me by surprise but I was thankful.”
Notre Dame joins a list of offers that already included Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Tennessee, Utah and Vanderbilt, among others.
Lyght has been pitching the 6-foot, 175-pound prospect on how Notre Dame stacks up against other contenders.
“Some of the things are to not just think about four years at school but think about 40 years and what Notre Dame has to offer,” Sylvie said. “Their academics and the football and also their prestige. You can get a chance to play in the national championship game.”
Sylvie has put some thought in to potential summer visits, with South Bend a possible destination, although no trips are scheduled to date. Taking official visits is part of the plan as Sylvie sorts his options with an eye on early enrollment.
“I want to talk to the players one on one while the coaches aren’t around,” Sylvie said. “Then I want to know about the academics and the fan base, the culture around the school.”
Sylvie values academics, a winning history, relationship with the coaching staff and defensive schemes. He’ll do most of his research as it relates to the football side of things before visiting. That process has already begun, although he didn’t want to reveal early leaders just yet.
Notre Dame, however, appears to have made an initial splash.
“They’re just one of my top schools,” Sylvie said. “I’m open but I’m starting to kinda figure out what schools I like.”