Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bradley Sylve Commits To Alabama; Fleming Gets LSU Offer


South Plaquemines wide receiver Bradley Sylve committed to Alabama on Wednesday.  I have Sylve ranked as the seventh prospect in the state of Louisiana.  Sylve has serious speed in the category of Devery Henderson or Skyler Green and looks like a future impact player as a slot receiver and kick returner. 

For much of the last year, Sylve has thought to be a heavy lean to LSU.  But Alabama recruited him hard and convinced him that he could play earlier at Alabama than he could at LSU.  His commitment Wednesday came as a big surprise.  

While many LSU fans will rationalize this and say that maybe LSU did not want Sylve or that losing him is not a big deal, I can assure you that LSU did want him and that losing him is a serious kick in the man-parts.

LSU lost Trovon Reed out of Thibodaux last year and has, for now, lost a top player from South Plaquemines.  Both are traditionally LSU strong holds and while I hate to say that a trend is is.  Reason to be concerned?  You bet. 

The good news is that Sylve won't sign anywhere until February, and you can bet that Frank Wilson and LSU's staff will continue to recruit him hard.  He'll likely receive quite a bit of local pressure to stay home and play for the Tigers.

In other news, Benton high school safety T.K. Fleming received an offer from LSU.  Fleming has good size at 6'3" 200 pounds and just won the state championship in both long jump and triple jump.  Obviously, Fleming is an outstanding overall athlete.  He also holds offers from Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and Louisville among others.  I think LSU moves to the top of his list now that they have offered. 


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