Sylva is headed to the MAC

Over the past two years, one of the top JUCO linebackers in the country has been Dean's Jason Sylva (6-3, 250). After a huge sophomore season that saw him named the NEFC Defensive Player of the Year he has chosen to sign with Western Michigan...

"Toughest decision I've made in my life. I hate to let the people in my home state down, but I have to do what's best for me," Sylva announced on his Facebook page. "Going to play for coach P.J. Fleck and the Western Michigan Broncos."

Sylva had been committed to Massachusetts for the better part of six months, but decided to open things up during the season and chose Western Michigan over offers from UMass, Connecticut, Florida Atlantic and Temple.

As a freshman in 2012, Sylva racked up 55 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and three sacks and he followed that up this past season by being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year after posting 72 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble and an interception on a team that finished 6-4.

"I felt like I improved as a football player and even though we were sorta down as a team from a record standpoint, I felt like I personally had a good season," Sylva said. "I was a team captain and I just went out and tried to be a leader every play and every game. I tried to pick my teammates up and also gain their respect. Being an team captain in high school is a lot different than being in college and being a team captain. You have a bunch of guys from all over and they don't just automatically follow you. You have to earn it every day with the way you play and the way you work."

He will sign his letter-of-intent with Western Michigan on Wednesday and he will have three years to play two starting in the fall of 2014.

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