In the second half of the ESPN Under Armour All-America Game, a contest where the best of the best of high school compete to impress coaches and recruiters, the losing "white" team just scored a pivotal touchdown and the momentum of the game seemed to be shifting.
The deep kickoff went to wide receiver Bradley Sylve, and, to the disbelief of many, including the kickoff coverage men, Sylve was at the 40-yard line in the blink of an eye and, in another blink, the end zone. Sylve, easily the fastest player on the field at the time, flew past defenders almost untouched.
Sylve, a wide receiver, looks to take his explosive speed to the University of Alabama, where he has a good shot at making an instant impact. He is especially needed since Julio Jones is leaving early for the NFL draft.
Sylve utilizes a skill set similar to that of Maze and may be the next Javier Arenas returning kicks. Only time will tell. He won't be the only receiver moving to Tuscaloosa, however.
Marvin Shinn, who was also playing at the Under Armour game, plans to attend Alabama, along with two other productive and promising wideouts: Danny Woodson and Daryl Collins. Athlete Jabriel Washington might end up catching passes as well.
Woodson wowed scouts at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, and Collins is a playmaker who hails from Gadsden City High School, a talent hotbed that has been owned by 'Bama as of late.
Besides wide receiver, Alabama also shored up the underachieving defensive line, currently holding commitments from Xzavier Dickson, JUCO transfer Quinton Dial, LaMichael Fanning, D.J. Pettway and monstrous Australian Jesse Williams, who is the No. 1 JUCO player in the country.
The future is bright at linebacker, even with the loss of Brent Calloway to Auburn. Trey DePriest is a hard hitter and Vinnie Sunseri made several tackles at the UA game.
RB Demetrius Hart was a huge steal from Michigan, and further secured the commitment of the No. 1 safety recruit in the nation, Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix.
Even with the big names already on board, 'Bama isn't through yet. The Crimson Tide has defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, a wrecking ball in the backfield, within the crosshairs, along with the No. 2 offensive lineman, monster Cyrus Kouandjio.
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