Sykes Building a Resume

The defensive MVP of the Core 6 Winter Showcase, junior defensive end Nile Sykes is seeing his offer list grow and is anxious to hopefully add Wisconsin to that list.

MADISON - There were many questions for recruits as the coaching change occurred with Wisconsin and if they would still have Badgers interest. Oak Park (Ill.) Montini Catholic junior defensive end Nile Sykes is changing to a new school, but his interest level in Wisconsin and everyone else he is hearing from is still the same.

Switching from Oak Park River Forest before his senior year, Sykes' move hasn't stopped the coaches from finding him with Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Vanderbilt and Illinois all heading to his current alma meter the past two weeks to make sure he is aware of how important he is to each program.

"My recruitment is going great," Sykes told Badger Nation. "I have been having coaches come in everyday at school. They all want me and they all want me to stay in contact with them. They want me to get up to some junior days and I plan on setting those up pretty soon.

"I have heard from Wisconsin, but not recently with the whole coaching change because Coach (Chris) Ash was my recruiter and that is who I had contact with at Wisconsin. I am still getting mail and have been up there a couple of times. I am just waiting to meet the new coaching staff. They are still an interest of mine even with the coaching change."

One reason that the 6-2, 220-pound Sykes might still consider Wisconsin an option is because of his previous trips to Madison and how great it was to him.

"It is beautiful up there," Sykes said. "When I first headed into Madison, I saw how beautiful the campus was in Madison and Lake (Mendota) was awesome and a great feature. Camp Randall and how huge the stadium is. They are tough to beat with that crowd at Camp Randall. I can't wait to see their final weight room when they finish work because they have upgraded that.

Holding offers from Illinois, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Purdue and Toledo, Sykes will have a busy summer schedule with taking junior days visits and a SEC trip to Georgia, Alabama and Vanderbilt are in the works. As for when he makes a decision, it doesn't look to be coming anytime soon.

"I will probably make a decision after next season," he said. "If I am fortunate enough to make an All-Star Game, preferably the Under Amour Game, then I will make a decision there. It is going to be where ever provides the best education that has my major, which I plan to go on to business management and sports medicine. I got to feel comfortable there and feel it is a second home to me, somewhere that I can spend the next four years of my life. I got to feel that it is right."

It is no wonder many of the top programs from around the nation are already watching the physical Sykes with what he brings to the table.

"I am quick, strong, explosive and coaches like my get off on the ball as well," he said. "I play defensive line and linebacker and I am pretty much a speed guy. I'm a guy that has a nose for the ball."


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