April 14, 2010

Louisiana WR considering Tide

Finding a superstar wide receiver for the class of 2011 is a high priority for the Alabama Crimson Tide with many of the Tide's top receivers expected to be moving on after the 2010 season. One target high on the Tide's radar is Port Sulphur (LA) wide out Bradley Sylve, a member of the Rivals250 to Watch list and one of the South's top overall prospects with 10 offers including a recent addition from Auburn.

"The only schools that have offered me that I've had a chance to actually see in person are LSU and Alabama," said Sylve. "My schedule this spring has been pretty limited because I'm rehabbing from a foot injury (torn ligaments) and that's taking up a lot of my free time. I am getting pretty close to being back to full strength so I'll probably get to take a lot more visits this summer. I was hoping to go to A-Day at Alabama this weekend but it also ended up not working out because I'm scheduled to do some rehab sessions this weekend."

Sylve visited Tide for their Junior Day weekend and came away with plenty of positives about the defending national champs.

"Alabama is a really good program as far as both football and academics. They have a great support staff for their players that really puts you in a good position to succeed academically. I also talked to Alabama about competing with the track team for them as well, because that's something I'd really like to do in college."

"One thing I really like about Alabama so far is the opportunity I'll have to play right away. Compared to some of the other schools I'm looking at, Alabama's depth chart at wide receiver is a lot more open after next season. They will probably be losing their three best guys which means there will be a good opportunity for me to play as a freshman."

With just a few weeks left to go before Sylve is ready for action again following rehab, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound speedster plans on putting his newly healed foot to the test this summer by attending plenty of camps.

"This summer I definitely want to make it to the Alabama and Tennessee camps. I'd like another chance to spend some time at Alabama and Tennessee is interesting to me because Coach Dooley recruited me when he was at Louisiana Tech and has really made me a priority for him since he got to Tennessee."

While the home-state Tigers continue to hold the early edge for Syvle, there are plenty of factors to be considered before the elite junior's mind is made up.

"Right now, I would say LSU is still my number one. I grew up an LSU fan and my whole family lives right around Baton Rouge so it would be easy for them to come see me. But at the same time, I definitely haven't made a final decision yet and if it comes down to a decision between going somewhere that I'll have to wait until my junior year to play and going somewhere where I can play as a true freshman, that could change everything for me. I just want to learn more about every school and which one is going to be the best situation for me."

Sylve boasts a 4.43 forty time and a 30-inch vertical jump.

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