In-state athlete staying patient

Chandler athlete Dionte Sykes was close to ending his recruitment, but decided against it. Read on to see why, what schools he is looking at, and more.

The 2014 Arizona high school football class is shaping up to be one of the strongest in state history and there are a number of kids who figure to be national recruits.

One of those prospects is 2014 Chandler high school wide receiver, Dionte Sykes. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver was one of the more prolific players in the state this past season.

"I had a pretty good year," Sykes said. "I was named first team all-state wide receiver and I definitely got better as the season went on."

Making his accomplishment all the more impressive is that this was Sykes' first year playing wide receiver.

"I played tight end until this year," Sykes said. "It's a good move for me long term moving to receiver, but it's just a big adjustment. You line up against guys that are much quicker and better at re-routing you.

"It's great because I feel I'm learning more each time I go out on the field because there are so many little things to playing receiver."

Sykes planned on committing early, but that is no longer the case.

"I was going to go to Colorado until Coach Embree was fired," Sykes said. "Now I'm open. I would say the schools that stand out the most at the moment are Michigan State and UCLA."

In addition, Sykes has heard from both Arizona and Arizona State.

"I'm hearing from the in-states schools, but everything is kind of wait and see with them," he said. "Arizona State says they're interested, but they want to hold off on anything until the spring. Arizona says they like my film, but they're still scrambling to finish the 2013 class."

Sykes has backed off wanting to commit sooner than later and will now take his time with a decision.

"Either way, I'm going to wait until my senior season," Sykes said. "I don't want to rush a decision and I want to go somewhere where I know the coach will be around during my time in college."

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