You never know what commitment is going to end up becoming the ringleader for the class and one of the major recruiters.
For Oklahoma, there was no way of knowing what it was getting in Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist safety Chanse Sylvie when he committed July 30. What the Sooners ended up getting was someone who was all-in with the crimson and cream.
From the day he committed until now, Sylvie has been leading the charge in terms of trying to recruit prospects to join him in Norman. He was the lone OU commit at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last week, but he’s hoping he won’t be the only one.
“I spent most of my time with Caleb (Kelly) and Tramonda (Moore),” Sylvie said. “I’m definitely very confident both of them will be Sooners, too.”
Kelly, a five-star prospect, made his official visit the same weekend as Sylvie. Moore went to the same game as Sylvie on an unofficial and got to know him a lot better during last week.
Sylvie, still ranked No. 35 at safety, earned one of the best honors you can when he was named one of the team captains for the West squad.
“It meant a lot to me to be picked as captain,” Sylvie said. “I think it shows a lot about my character. As a person, being around everything just made me more humble than I already was. Each day truly is a blessing.”
He had to produce on the field as well, and Sylvie did just that. He said he was very happy with his play all well and learned he can indeed play with the best of the best.
The strides with his game from his junior to senior season are clear to see. Sylvie doesn’t mince words, either, as he knows he needed to step his game up.
“I’m able to be a safety but also play man coverage,” Sylvie said. “That’s something I couldn’t do last year. I’m a lot more explosive. I’m a lot faster. I feel like I have definitely improved a lot.”
The hope will be to continue improvement as a Sooner. Sylvie arrived in Norman on Thursday, eager to being his career as a Sooner.
It’s not nerves for the Louisiana native.
“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous,” Sylvie said. “I’m excited. Really excited. I’ve been waiting for this moment.”
Sylvie’s recruitment was an interesting one. OU offered in the winter, and Sylvie actually attended both of OU’s junior days in February and March.
Once the commitment didn’t come, felt like maybe SEC schools were starting to make up ground until it became clear in July the Sooners were going to be the choice.
It might have taken some time, but Sylvie said he knew all along there was a strong chance he was going to be a Sooner.
“When I first got the offer, I thought it could be the place for me,” Sylvie said. “I knew from day one there was a good chance. I just felt so comfortable.”
OU is comfortable with Sylvie, too, as he sure looks like he’s going to be the lone safety taken for the 2016 class.