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Newton's Big Man on Campus James Sylvester

James Sylvester of Newton

Approaching his senior season, Newton defensive lineman James Sylvester has hopes of leading the Eagles to their third straight Class 3A DII state title.

Currently ranked as the 12th best defensive end (SDE) in Texas, Sylvester already has 18 DI offers and will most likely sign his National Letter of Intent during the late signing period of February 2020.

“Right now, my thought is to sign later so I can get in as many official visits as possible,” said Sylvestor, listed at 6-foot-5 and 240-pounds. “I haven’t made any decision on which schools I’m going to visit at this point, just waiting to let the process play out.”

Newton will likely still be playing football during the early signing period of December 20-22, 2019, going for their third straight title.

Dominating at the high school level from the three-point stance as a defensive lineman, may very well translate to switching to linebacker at the collegiate level. Sylvester is ready to make any move that will make him a star.

“Most of the bigger schools I’ve talked to have me playing with my hand in the dirt,” said Sylvester. “I can play either side of the line with my athleticism.”

Sylvester and his Newton teammates will be gunning for their third straight state title as the 2020 class is undefeated as sophomores.

“We lose a couple of key players from this past season with (RB Darwin) Barlow and (QB Josh) Foster, but we’ll be fine. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but we’re going to be good.”

After moving to Newton from California as a sixth grader, Sylvester started playing football relatively late by Texas standards. He started as a freshman. It was Newton head coach W.T. Johnson who persuaded Sylvester to give football a try.

A decision that would change Sylvester's life, forever.

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