Sykes On OSU

2014 Oak Park River Forest defensive end Nile Sykes took a trip to Columbus for Saturday's Ohio State game. Check out what he liked about the defense and what the day was like inside.

Oak Park River Forest (Ill.) defensive end Nile Sykes had been looking forward to the trip to Columbus for Saturday's Ohio State and Michigan game for some time.

"It was all it was hyped up to be," Sykes said. "The Ohio State vs. Michigan game is one of the best college football rivalries ever."

Sykes spent the day getting a taste for the Buckeyes program.

"While I was there I got the chance to go out on the field," Sykes said. "I also got to speak to Coach Vrabel and then head into the locker room after the game was over."

Sykes got a chance to speak with Coach Vrabel, who is one of his main recruiters.

"He was just telling me it was nice to have me up and thanks for coming," Sykes said. "He was asking how I was doing and stuff like that."

When Sykes was asked what his favorite part of the trip was?

"I couldn't pick out one moment," Sykes said. "The whole experience was just amazing."

Sykes stands 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and could play either outside linebacker or defensive end.

"They didn't say if there were looking at me as an outside linebacker or defensive end," Sykes said. "But it doesn't matter, I will play wherever they want."

Most schools are looking at Sykes as an outside linebacker, even though he plays defensive end mostly for Oak Park River Forest. But Saturday, he had his eye on Ohio State's entire defense.

"I like that their defense never stops getting after it," Sykes said. "They keep going, even in tough situations."

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