The only thing more versatile than Chanse Sylvie on the football field may be his choice of schools. The 6-foot, 185-pound safety from Calvary Baptist (La.) Academy boasts 25 offers from programs as far away as California and as close to home as LSU.
His upcoming decision was made even tougher when Sylvie added Tennessee to his ever expanding list.
“I think that was my 20th offer and I was ecstatic when I received the offer,” Sylvie said. “I’ve always been high on Tennessee and I was just glad to receive an offer from them. It’s a great program.”
The three-star prospect visited Knoxville once before for a 7-on-7 camp last year and said he was awestruck by Anderson Training Center and Haslam Field.
“The stadium was closed off so I didn’t get to see the stadium, but I got to see the facilities,” he told InsideTennessee. “They were top of the line and one of the best in the nation.”
While Sylvie doesn’t have a main contact in the Tennessee coaching staff, he has developed a relationship with most them — from head coach Butch Jones to defensive quality control assistant Chase Gibson.
“I’ve talked to pretty much all of them,” he said. “I’ve just got a relationship with all of them.”
Coaches around the country have flocked to Calvary Baptist over the past two seasons to watch Sylvie, who combines position flexibility with speed and power. Scout’s No. 48 ranked safety in the class of 2016 helped lead his team to a 12-1 record and Division III state championship last season, racking up 122 tackles, nine pass breakups, four forced fumbles and one interception.
“I can play man coverage or I can come down and hit,” Sylvie said. “Also I can just take over, and also my work ethic — my approach to the game. That’s usually what (coaches) say.”
The No. 3 ranked Louisiana safety prospect has a mental list of schools he likes the most but hasn’t started formally whittling that list down. He won’t say which programs are in the forefront of his mind, but he did declare Tennessee a prospective school.
“I’ve got a list in my head of schools that I think I’ll attend, but it’s not anything permanent. It’s just a lot I’ve been thinking,” Sylvie said.
“It’s been very time-consuming, very hard,” Sylvie said. “But I just put it in God’s hands and hope for the best team.”