Brett Sylve, Hammond High RB
Louisiana produces football recruits across the entire state. Some recruits go play Division 1 in the SEC while others go play D3 in the American South West. It is one of the reasons this wonderful state can support 12 college football programs. Still, some guys always seem to slip through the cracks. You can point to any class and find a gem that no one new about till he got to the next level. I spent part of my day on the Northshore yesterday, and I think I found one of those gems.
Hammond High School RB Brett Sylve graduates in May. Brett is a solid 5’8, 180 lbs. He has a 2.8 GPA and a 21 on his ACT. He is very respectful and pleasant in conversation. While being somewhat quiet, you can tell the young man has a confidence and belief in himself. He is also a family guy. Brett is a Hammond native raised by his parents Bernard and Stacy. Bernard has been in the police force for about 20 years now, and Stacy works in the office at Hammond Junior High.
“My dad has always been my coach. He pushed me on the field and at school. He would tell me that in order to be an athlete, I needed to be a student first. My mom pushed me to strive for excellence in everything I do. She has always been there to support me. I owe them a lot for what I am today.”
Brett also happens to be one heck of a RB. He has speed and strength. He can run outside and inside the tackles. He is a smart player and a good leader. Brett had over 1200 total yards (receiving and rushing) last season. More importantly, this kids was one of the toughest kids on the field every game. Hammond Head Coach Cicil Thomas agrees with me.
“Extremely tough and an outstanding RB. Just watch this kid play. Go and watch the tape. You will see the talent that this kid posses”.
Lee Brecheen (LAFM Company Owner and Chief Scout) has been in scouting for over twenty years and got to see Brett play Covington High.
“Brett is one of the top RB’s in the 2015 class. Just not many people know about him. The kid I saw play at Covington was at least a D1 player and maybe even SEC level one day.”
Brett is going to California next year where he will play at Modesto Junior College. Brett also had offers from Millsaps and Louisiana College.
“I wanted to go to a place where I could showcase my talents. I looked at Jeremy (Smith) who is now at Louisville. He was able to show his ability and is now playing at the D1 level. If I do well, I may be able to get a better offer from a D1 or 1AA college.”
Smith signed with the Louisville this past winter, but went to Fresno City College (JUCO). Smith, who was also passed up on by a number of colleges, really showed his talent at Fresno City. It earned him a D1 scholarship. Now, he has been one of the most impressive players on Louisville’s squad this spring.
If I was to make a prediction, Brett is going to be a big time player in Modesto and his career will not end there. We may even see him playing back in this state one day.