Sylvester has Husky offer

It isn't often that a player from out west ends up at an east coast prep school, but The Hun School's Austin Sylvester broke that mold by enrolling at the Princeton, New Jersey school. He recently got offered by Washington and he's set to visit Montlake shortly.

"I've got a visit with Washington set up for December 1st," Sylvester told Dawgman.com recently. "They offered me a little while ago and I've spoken with coach (Tyrone) Willingham, coach (Bob) Simmons and coach (Chris) Tormey and they all said they like the way I play and I'm looking forward to getting up there and seeing the school for myself."

Sylvester went to Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada and had a standout career for the Miners, posting 101 tackles as a middle linebacker his senior season as well as 36 yards on the ground and one touchdown as mainly a blocking fullback on offense.

"After my senior season, we were having trouble getting my film out so my dad spoke with one of his teammates from Colorado (Lee Rousen) who played for the New York Giants," Sylvester said. "His son, Jaslee Rousen, played at The Hun and he told us that it was a good school to showcase what I could do.

"So, we came out and visited and it turned out that it was the best place for me."

Some might think it would be hard to head to a prep school 2,000 miles away from home, but it wasn't that big of deal to Sylvester.

"I left home at 15 to play hockey on a traveling team, so it wasn't that big of a deal to me," Sylvester said. "I can fit in almost anywhere."

This year, Sylvester led the team with 15 receptions and had two touchdowns through the air and also contributed six touchdowns on the ground.

"I don't know how many tackles I had this year, but I did pretty well on that side too," Sylvester said.

On the recruiting front, Sylvester has heard quite a bit from Maryland, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia and Georgia Tech. He also had heard quite a bit from Pittsburgh, but that has tailed off recently.

"Washington has had the most contact with me and I've spoken with coach Willingham a lot," Sylvester said. "When we've spoken he's told me that he's trying to build the team up into a national championship contender and they need players like me to come and help him do that.

"I don't really care where I play because they've told me I could end up on either side of the ball because they need guys at both places (linebacker and fullback). Wherever coach Willingham wants me to play, that's where I'll play."

Sylvester has impressive speed and strength numbers, running the 40 in 4.65 seconds while putting up 315 pounds 10 times on the bench and squatting 480 pounds.

"I played hockey when I was nine and I was always bigger than everyone out there," Sylvester said. "Hockey helped me with my feet and my hand-eye coordination. It was helpful to me to play that."

We'll have more from Sylvester after his visit the first weekend of December.


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