The Texas Longhorns have been extremely selective in extending offers out to defensive linemen for the 2020 cycle thus far. Only seven up-and-coming prospects along the defensive trenches in next year’s class have received an opportunity from the Horns, but could Tom Herman and company be on the verge of offering another top edge rusher in-state?
Newton weak-side defensive end James Sylvester is a rising pass rusher that is a massive kid with the ability to be a complete terror to quarterbacks when once he begins to unleash his full potential. Because of Sylvester’s physical attributes and early on field success, he’s been able to notch a total of 11 offers from programs such as Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M. Sylvester is pleased with how his recruiting is going at the moment, and has some premier schools that have his attention early.
“It’s been going good,” Sylvester told BON. “OU is on me hard, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. They’ve all been showing love.”
Sylvester and the Longhorns were in heavy talks last summer, but things have died down between the two over the past few months. The four-star standout isn’t quite fond of how Texas has backed off as far as recruiting him hard.
“They talk to me a lot still, but they’ve been easing up on me a bit,” Sylvester said. “They used to be on me hard, but they don’t really show me anymore love though. It’s cool though.”
Defensive line coach Oscar Giles is a vital reason why Sylvester would consider the Longhorns if he was granted an offer.
“It’s a good program, the coaches are good with the kids and have relationships,” Sylvester said. “I like Oscar Giles, me and him have a little relationship going. If I can just talk to him more, everything will get better.”
Sylvester realizes there are still some aspects of his game that he still needs to improve on, but after a few bumps in the road he’s satisfied with how his junior campaign concluded and that he is once again a state champion.
“I just need to get better at using my hands more and pass rushing skills,” Sylvester expressed. “My season went well though. I messed my hamstring up and it forced me to miss the first five games of the season. But I got back and tried to do what I can do and get results like this.”
If Texas began to strengthen their recruiting efforts towards Sylvester and began to show more love to him, he says that he would return the love back.
At 6’4, 225 pounds, Sylvester is ranked as the nation’s No. 197 prospect, the No. 10 weak-side defensive end in the country, and as the No. 25 player in the state for the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings