James Sylvester

Defensive End
6′4″ / 215 lbs
Newton, TX
Class of 2020
Rating: 89

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Rating: 90.0

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Ryan Brauninger
on Jul 30, 2018


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2020 Newton DE James Sylvester opens up on semifinal win, atmosphere at A&M
James Sylveser top 2020 D-End


4 mo ago by Jason Howell
Around Texas: A round-up of recruiting news in the Lone Star State
Around the state of Texas decisions are being made, visits are being taken, and offers are being extended as we move closer to summer. It is time to take a look at the latest happenings on the Lone Star state recruiting front.
5 mo ago by Ryan Brauninger
A few Thursday recruiting quick hitters
- Newton DE James Sylvester and some of his teammates are on campus today. It was an impromptu, last minute trip. Sylvester has been pretty silent on the recruiting front lately. It seems like A&M's focus has been on Collins, Umanmielen, and Broughton recently in-state. It'll be interesting to see how things transpire going forward with the southeast Texas pass rusher. - Mike Elko was in to see Shadow Creek S Xavion Alford this week. It sounds like he and Josh Eaton are the two Houston based DB's receiving the most attention from the Aggie staff currently - at least in the prep scene. Obviously, Marco Domio remains a top target in the JUCO ranks. - Two out of state defenders that the Aggies continue to trend in the right direction with are LB Antonio Doyle Jr. (Hazlewood, MO) and DB Antonio Johnson (East St Louis, IL). Jason had an article on Doyle yesterday where he stated his affinity for the Aggies. I will follow that up with info from a source that told me that affinity is being reciprocated from the A&M side. Johnson is a kid that Jimbo Fisher has personally taken an interest in this entire cycle, and if past history is any indication, the Aggies stand a great shot at landing kids that fall into that category.
7 mo ago by Ryan Brauninger
Super Bowl Sunday visitor list
Here it is. Jason and I are still working on confirmations, but this is our early list. We will keep this thread pinned for additions and subtractions. Class of 2020Ft Bend Kempner OL Akinola Ogunbiyi Ft Bend Hightower OL Smart Chibuzo The Woodlands College Park OL Josh Bankhead Navasota OL Jordan Jefferson Tomball WR Demond Demas Ft Bend Marshall QB Malik Hornsby Ft Bend Marshall ATH Devon Achane Stafford OLB Rob Wooten Ft Bend Austin WR Troy Omeire Newton DE James Sylvester Cibolo Steele CB Jaylon Jones North Shore RB Zach Evans North Shore OL Damieon George North Shore LB Corey Flagg North Shore CB Joseph Wilson Trinity Christian CB Dwight McGlothern Shadow Creek S Xavion Alford Mansfield Timberview CB Jalen Kimber Dallas Carter DT Branard Wright Lancaster CB Lorando Johnson Little Elm CB Ryan Watts Cedar Hill ATH Quin Bright Weatherford QB Ken Seals West Mesquite RB Ty Jordan Bastrop Cedar Creek DE Alfred Collins Arlington ATH Jahari Rogers Duncanville ATH Ja'Quinden Jackson Lewisville Hebron S Darius Snow Southlake Carroll DB RJ Mickens Denton Ryan ATH Drew Sanders (OU)Cedar Hill OL Courtland Ford (LSU)A&M Consolidated WR Devin Price Muscle Shoals (AL) LB Jackson Bratton (Alabama)Baton Rouge (LA) DT Jaquelin Roy (LSU)Baton Rouge (LA) ATH Major Burns CyCreek LB Josh White Class of 2021Ft Bend Willowridge WR Latrell Neville Bellaire Episcopal OL Donovan Jackson Richmond Foster OL Reuben Fatheree Ft Bend Ridge Point WR John Paul Richardson Katy Tompkins DE Tunmise Adeleye Katy Tompkins QB Jalen Milroe Dallas Kimball CB Ishmael Ibraheem Mesquite Horn LB Kendrick Blackshire North Shore QB Dematrius Davis North Shore ATH Shadrach Banks Denton Ryan ATH Ja'tavion Sanders Cedar Hill QB Kaidon Salter Cedar Hill WR Jaedon Wilson Lancaster WR Ketron Jackson South Grand Prairie ATH Deamikkio Nathan Virginia Beach (VA) CB Tony Grimes Class of 2022Lewisville WR Armani Winfield South Grand Prairie WR Savion Red Desoto RB Chris Henley
8 mo ago by Jason Howell
Around Texas: A Round-up of Recruiting News in the Lone Star State
With signing day right around the corner, there has been plenty of action around the state from a recruiting standpoint. Jason Howell provides an update on the latest news in Texas and more.
8 mo ago by Ryan Brauninger
Santa's got recruiting notes
First off, Merry Christmas, y'all. I hope your day has been filled with the joy and laughter with loved ones that makes this time of year so special. Also, if you're not putting your potato salad on top of your gumbo, you're living life completely wrong. Now, some recruiting stuff...-The Dead Period ends Jan 11th. As many of you know, North Forest OL Javonne Shepherd is expected to take an official visit that weekend. A&M signee and long time friend Kenyon Green will be in town, and I believe Layden Robinson will make the trip, as well. Here's my advice on Shepherd: let this thing run its course, and don't get too caught up in the day-to-day swings here. I honestly believe Javonne is pretty conflicted heading into the final month. The waves in momentum here will come to an end when pen meets paper in February. In the meantime, Shepherd seems like he's gotten himself back into outstanding shape. Good for the kid, regardless of where he signs. Another likely visitor is Amite (LA) ATH Devonta Lee though I haven't gotten that Jan 11th weekend confirmed. Whether he shows up in College Station at the end of the Dead Period or not isn't nearly as important as him showing up any time before NSD #2. Remember, Lee camped in Aggieland last summer and spent a ton of time with Mo Linguist and Mike Elko. This is also a recruitment that Jimbo Fisher has sunk his teeth into. There's still a hill to climb, but make no mistake, this staff is going to make a full fledged pursuit of one the best Louisiana has to offer. There's been another name pop up at cornerback in the last week. Madison (FL) standout Travis Jay could find his way to campus next month. The 6-1, 185 pound Florida St commit obviously has some familiarity with the A&M staff and chose not to sign with the Seminoles during the early period. I've been unable to gauge how legit and reciprocated the interest is here yet on either side, though. For now, I'd just put it down as a name to watch.Another out of state stud that didn't sign with the school they committed to was DE Nathan Pickering out of Seminary (MS). Pickering remains committed to Miss State but was part of a group of 8 commits that didn't sign early with the Bulldogs. Very early on in this cycle, Pickering conjured up a pretty serious relationship with Terry Price. Now, there's a super long way to go here, and I'd put the likelihood of this kid ending up at A&M right between slim and none on Christmas Day, but it was a name floated to our team recently. If the kid shows up in College Station, we'll let you know. Some 2020 and 2021 names that will likely end up at A&M junior days after their performance during the playoffs and/or state title games:2020 Shadow Creek S Xavion Alford 2020 Shadow Creek DE/OLB Alec Bryant 2020 Longview DT Sawyer Goram-Welch 2020 Longview QB Haynes King 2020 Bmt West Brook OLB Jay Bell 2021 North Shore QB Dematrius Davis 2021 Duncanville OL Jadarius Thursby2021 Aledo ATH Hampton Fay 2021 Aledo ATH JoJo Earle Staying with the underclassmen, I feel very comfortable calling Texas A&M the strong, early leader for Newton DE James Sylvester. I've talked to a couple of coaches around southeast Texas and beyond who have expressed to me Sylvester's desire to play for Terry Price. I expect to see the Aggies go hard at corner in the 2020 class, as well. Howell's guy Jalen Kimber looks like a high priority guy as is Dwight McGlothern. There are plenty other names out there in state, and the staff will certainly draw the attention of a couple of national guys, as well.Last thing: I met another kid that looks like he'll be in the mix in that ridiculous 2021 OL class in state. Ft Bend Christian big man Remington Strickland was visiting family in the Golden Triangle this week, and I ran into him in town down here. He's 6-4, 285 and has started receiving some serious Power 5 interest. Extremely high academic kid. Just another monster to add to that already loaded group of O-Linemen.
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