Though he reportedly committed to Oregon State last November, Mesa Community College wide receiver Dionte Sykes never signed a National Letter of Intent.
Sykes, who was initially a member of the 2014 class at Chandler High School, remains on the market and is looking for a college program to play football for in 2017, assuming he qualifies academically.
Arizona State could be that program.
"I've been talking with (ASU offensive coordinator) Billy Napier the last couple weeks and also have talked with (wide receivers coach) Rob Likens," Sykes said on Tuesday. "They told me I had to talk with coach (Todd) Graham, so I did and that's when they offered me a scholarship."
The Sun Devils flirted with Sykes in 2013 before he ultimately committed to UCLA, but that didn't stick due to academic concerns. He signed with San Diego State but didn't qualify and landed at Mesa.
Sykes, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, played two seasons at Mesa with a redshirt year sandwiched in between. In eight games last season he had 31 catches for 375 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished as the No. 56 overall recruit in the 2017 junior college class by Scout.
If he qualifies academically for 2017, Sykes would have two years to play two seasons at the Division I level. He still has a fair amount of work ahead in order to accomplish that, as Sykes admits. He said needs to successfully complete all of his spring coursework in the next several weeks and then earn 10 additional credits this summer in order to reach the 72 credit threshold required to transfer.
According to Sykes, he was never told by Oregon State coaches between the time of his commitment and the week before National Letter of Intent Day on Feb. 1, that the Beavers wouldn't be signing him, or even that it might not happen. But as the date approached, he said he was told there was a scholarship crunch that could leave him on the outside looking in.
"They didn't say it was about academics or anything like that, but maybe it was," Sykes said. "I don't know, I never really felt like I got the whole explanation of what was going on."
Sykes indicated he wants to get his decision out of the way quickly and focus on training and completing school. Utah has told him it is on the verge of making a decision about a scholarship offer, he said, and Cal and Texas A&M could be involved as well.
"The ship has sailed on the whole recruiting thing," Sykes said. "I'm not really interested in it any more. I just want to find out in the next few days or a week what the options are and then decide where I'll be going. There's a really good chance it's Arizona State."