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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Utes are latest to reach out to Tabor's Sylva

By ESPNBoston.com

ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today with Tabor Academy junior linebacker Jason Sylva, who will end up staying at the Marion prep school after all.

A month and a half ago, the Plymouth native told Brown he was transferring and considering New Hampton (N.H.), Tilton (N.H.), Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) and Cheshire Academy (Conn.).

"I do my school work, it's just really tough academically [at Tabor]," Sylva told Brown at the time. "I had a good season here, but I still don't have any offers. Some of those places have produced quite a few [FBS] players."

Now, he seems set on staying.

“I really considered leaving,” he told Brown. “I thought I would be someplace different next fall, but the coaches here helped me out with a few things. I’m commuting to school instead of living on campus, so I get to go home every night. Things are a lot better now. I’m hoping the next step is that first offer.”

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Sylva plans on attending camps at UConn, Temple and Maryland this spring, and is still holding out hope for a scholarship offer from Boston College. In the meantime, the University of Utah has begun to reach out for his services.

“Utah is beginning to show a lot of interest and I’m going out there for a visit on June 18,” Sylva told Brown. “Their linebackers coach wants to work me out during a one-day and I got the impression they’re interested in offering. They told me coming out for a visit would be worth it. It’s a nice area and it might be something different. It might be something I’m interested in. That would be a huge offer.”

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's blog.