The stars align sometimes. It certainly did for Oklahoma and Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist safety commit Chanse Sylvie.
A high three-star prospect, Sylvie was taking in his first OU game in person and got to see Steven Parker save the day in OU’s 30-29 win against TCU. Parker just happened to be Sylvie’s host for the weekend.
“It was great to see,” Sylvie said. “Me and Steven are pretty close now. It was great to see him make the play he made. He made a play when it was needed, good seeing somebody in that position and deliver like that.”
The only downside to the trip was it ending. Sylvie said he woke up Monday morning pretty disappointed because he wasn’t on his visit anymore. He said it was amazing to be around all the players and recruits and hopes many more join him in Norman.
Parker stressed two major things to Sylvie: No. 1 – be ready for the winter workouts. And No. 2, stay focused and keep doing what you’re doing.
Since committing to OU on July 30, Sylvie has been a major recruiter for the Sooners. Now that he has also signed his financial aid agreement, he’s able to talk to even more of the coaches to get a better feel of everything.
Sylvie spent a lot of time with a lot of recruits. He said it was key to get to know them all instead of just spending a lot of time with one or two of them.
Sylvie’s main target has been Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels for almost the last four months, and the two connected as well as Sylvie thought. He said he also spent a lot of time with five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly and linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse. In terms of commitments, he said it was a great chance to get to know Scout 300 cornerback Parrish Cobb.
The recruit interaction was nice, but when it came time to pick his favorite part of the visit, it wasn’t even a challenge.
“It was going to Coach (Bob) Stoops’ house,” Sylvie said. “Looking around, you know, those are the things I want to strive for. He’s down-to-earth. I don’t know too many people who would invite you to their house Sunday morning for breakfast. He’s a great coach.”
To go along with Stoops, it has been Kerry Cooks and Chip Viney carrying the day. Sylvie said Cooks is expected to be down in Shreveport on Wednesday.
Sylvie visited OU multiple times during the recruiting process but never for a game. That all changed Saturday, and it made a pretty big impression.
“The biggest difference is you get to see the pace of the game,” Sylvie said. “When I was there, I felt like the game sort of slowed down. It’s the same game as high school, just a faster pace. It was great watching it and a great night to be a Sooner.”
Sylvie’s personality seems to be one of those a lot of recruits are gravitating toward. His method was just to throw little hints out there like “you might as well be an Oklahoma Sooner.”
“All I did was mention it here and there,” Sylvie said. “When everybody was having a good time, I would just sort of throw out that comment. I know as a recruit, it can be annoying so there was no reason to talk about that stuff. It was about having and getting to know them.”
With Sylvie’s senior season in the books, he’s ready for the next chapter. He will be a mid-year enrollee for the Sooners.