Rising GA Junior Gets First Offer

Steven Sylvester

Steven Sylvester could be another future star in the state of Georgia. The rising junior is one of only a handful of players to garner an early offer from a major program after his sophomore season. Scout.com takes an early look at a player to keep an eye on for the Class of 2008.

Steven Sylvester could be another future star in the state of Georgia. The rising junior is one of only a handful of players to garner an early offer from a major program after his sophomore season. Scout.com takes an early look at a player to keep an eye on for the Class of 2008.

"I play running back and outside linebacker," said Sylvester, who is currently 6'2" and 212 pounds. But at the next level Steven said colleges see him playing, "more than likely outside linebacker." As for now though, the 16-year-old is still showing off his offensive skills as a running back in summer camps. "That's what I've been working out as but if I continue to grow, there's no way I can play running back at the college level," said Sylvester.

Steven received his first offer from Georgia Tech recently. The schools talking to him already include, "Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Central Florida and Vanderbilt", said Sylvester.

Steven was asked which programs he has been a fan of in the past. "When I was little, I loved Florida State," said Sylvester. Is there a place, if offered, he'd commit to now? "At this point, not right now," said Sylvester. "There are so many options open."

Don't look for Steven to make an early decision in the recruiting process even though his first offer is already in.

"I'm just going to take it one step at a time; take my official visits when they come up and just see what happens from there," said Sylvester. "See who's most interested."

Steven started on varsity as a freshman. "I started at running back and I played a little free safety but not much," said Sylvester on his first season in high school. As for his accomplishments so far on the field Steven said, "Last year I had 11 touchdowns. I rushed for over 1,000 yards. I made the all-region team. We made the second round of the playoffs last year. That's it so far."

Steven talked about location being a big factor when looking for a school.

"Definitely location; I want to be close to home," said Sylvester. "Location's basically the big thing that plays the part for me and tradition. Anywhere's really an option right now, but if I had my wish I'd want to stay somewhere close to home...within 6 or 7 hours."

There are a few friends and other players Steven knows or has met recently who he'd like to possibly play with on the next level.

"Definitely Chris Jackson," said Sylvester. "The kid from Twiggs County, Chris Little. I met him and we had real good chemistry. Kyle Jackson, the linebacker from my school. I wouldn't mind going up to Vanderbilt with a guy that left my school, Austin Newton. Caleb King, of course, a great athlete. And that's about it."

As for what he's looking for in a coaching staff Sylvester said, "I just want to make sure they have the best interest of the players in mind."

Steven has already had some initial thoughts on what he'd like to study when he gets to college.

"Something with Communications, like mass communication or broadcast journalism," said Sylvester. "And maybe Education because I want to coach as well."

Steven was asked to draw comparisons of other football players to himself as an offensive and defensive player.

"Probably on offense, Herschel Walker," said Sylvester. "I've heard that comparison a few times. On defense, I'll have to go with probably Sean Taylor because he's quiet but still you have to watch him because he'll hit you."

When the subject of what kind of student he is came up, Steven assured that he gets his work done there too and that his priorities are in order.

"I'm a really good student," said Sylvester. "I make A's and B's. My parents tell me that if I don't make the grades, I can't do that on the football field. So I take care of the classroom first. They'd let me play football but if the grades aren't right...they always tell me that nobody can take the education away from you. Football can be over in an instant but as long as you have an education, you can go somewhere."

Steven seems to have a good head on his shoulders and is heading into the recruiting process with a healthy attitude. His parents have prepped him already for the increasing amount of attention that's going to come with being a high school football star.

"They think it will be a humbling experience because not everybody gets to do it," said Sylvester.

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