Tabor Academy linebacker Jason Sylva has usually been pretty honest when discussing his recruitment, and today he pulls no punches with ESPN's Roger Brown in talking about his verbal commitment to UConn yesterday.
“BC offered on June 15, the day I attended camp there,” Sylva said. “That’s where I was thinking I wanted to go. Then I went to a Connecticut camp on Sunday and was so impressed. There was something about that place. Everybody just raves about [head coach] Paul Pasqualoni and [defensive coordinator] Don Brown.
“I have a feeling they didn’t expect to get me to be honest. I’m just really dead-set on UConn.”
Sylva, who repeated his sophomore year at Tabor after he transferred from Plymouth South High School, will be a senior this fall. He’s the No. 10 prospect in Massachusetts.
UConn extended a scholarship offer Tuesday morning and he committed about two hours later. In addition to the BC offer, he also had an offer from Buffalo.
Sylva, who also plays running back, said Connecticut told him he’s a scholarship player on each side of the ball. Connecticut is bringing him in to play linebacker.
“I told them I have a sincere interest in playing linebacker,” he said. “Don Brown told me they’re very thin at my position and there’s a chance I can play early. I have my mind set on going there and being an impact player and I’m gonna hold myself to that.”
Sylva said he felt a strong connection with Brown, who played college football with one of Sylva’s uncles at Norwich University In Northfield, Vt.
“The recruiting process is a grind, so I wanted to get this done,” Sylva said. “I wanted to stay close to home. It’s a good fit. I’m a happy guy.”
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