Sykes talks recruiting

Oak Park and River High (Il.)linebacker Nile Sykes is one of the recent targets on the Iowa State big board. FOX Sports Next discusses recruiting with the Illinois defender.

Oak Park and River High (Il.)linebacker Nile Sykes is one of the recent targets on the Iowa State big board. FOX Sports Next discusses recruiting with the Illinois defender.

Nile Sykes is very matter-of-fact about his game and what he brings to a defense.

"I feel like I have a great nose for the ball. I'm physical and athletic. I just make plays," Sykes said.

Sykes was bitten by the injury bug last season, but he made it back and became a key cog in his team's machine.

"I missed the first five games with a broken ankle. When I came back, I played a key role on the defense. I made plays. And the end of the season, I felt like I had played well," Sykes continued.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound defender played well enough to catch the eyes of several programs and picking up offers from some others.

"I talk most with Illinois, Iowa State, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Western Michigan and Indiana. I have offers from Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Northern Illinois and Syracuse," he said.

While he doesn't claim a leader or even a group of leaders, he did talk a little about his opinion on Iowa State.

"I went up there. They have a really nice campus. I went to the spring game and they have a nice football program. I always have good conversations with the coaches. I just know it's a good school," he said.

And what stood out most about the Cyclones?

"I've only been there once, but I know they produce linebackers. That's what I aspire to be at the next level. I like that the coaches are personable. They are serious about football, but you can have regular conversations with them," he continued.

Sykes is hoping to make his decision sometime in July.

"I'm just looking for a place where I'm most comfortable. I want to find a place where I can see myself being for the next four or five years. Where ever the coaches can give me the best opportunity to succeed.

FOX Sports Next will have more on Nile Sykes as his recruitment develops.


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