ROD SYLVESTRE | Mississippi Valley State/FIU | DB | #22 | rSR | 5110 | 195 | Margate, FL | Class of 2020
Overview: An aggressive and instinctual safety, Sylvestre is a well-traveled prospect who has overcome adversity both on and off the field. He projects as an in the box type safety who is comfortable being physical at the point of attack upon the tackle; he does an excellent job of leveraging the ball while supporting verses the run game. Sylvestre demonstrates sound open field tackle ability, takes good angles to the ball and has a solid understanding of the defense and displays the ability to read route patterns. The main trait that Sylvestre needs to improve upon is his overall athleticism; enhancing flexibility, short area quickness and speed. He projects best at strong safety at the next level due to his physicality and can be a contributor on special as well.
Background: Parents are immigrants from Haiti. Grew up in Margate, Florida. One of seven siblings, brothers and sisters were born in Bahamas. Hails from hardship; at times living without electricity or water, he often had to help raise his siblings. Attended Calvary Christian Academy (Class of 2015). Sylvestre owns his own photography and film company, called Ascension Production.
Career: Was first team all conference at Dean College in 2015. Also spent two seasons at UCF under head coach Scott Frost, appearing in two bowl games. He would eventually transfer to Florida International under head coach Butch Davis, where he primarily played special teams in 2018. Sylvestre finished his career at Mississippi Valley State, where he started all 11 games in 2019, making 35 tackles (22 solo), one tackle for loss and one interception.