Tennessee Star Has LSU in Fab 5

Last summer, Rae Sykes impressed LSU coaches at camp and that prompted the Tigers to extend a scholarship offer very early in the recruiting process. The 6-4, 247-pound defensive end out of Alcoa, Tenn., is one of the top defensive ends in the South for 2007 and ranked No. 21 in the country by Scout.com.

Last summer, Rae Sykes impressed LSU coaches at camp and that prompted the Tigers to extend a scholarship offer very early in the recruiting process.

 

The 6-4, 247-pound defensive end out of Alcoa, Tenn., is one of the top defensive ends in the South for 2007 and ranked No. 21 in the country by Scout.com.

 

He had a banner year last season when he recorded more than 132 tackles and 10 sacks before injuring himself in a freak accident during practice.

 

"I was at practice one day and one of my teammates just ran into me," recalled Sykes. "He broke my left humorous bone."

 

However, Sykes said he isn't going to let his injury affect his performance on the playing field.

 

"I'm back to 100 percent," said Sykes. "It's like I wasn't even hurt. I know that I can't think about it, because if I let it get into my head I will play scared, and I don't want to play that way."

 

Sykes has already picked up offers from most of the SEC, in addition to some pretty prestigious programs from around the country.

 

"I've gotten offers from Clemson, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Michigan, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Georgia and Notre Dame," said Sykes.

 

Sykes said he likes LSU because of the coaching staff.

 

"I've talked to all the coaches," said Sykes. "Last summer I went to one of their camps and they said they were impressed with my performance. They said they would like to see me again but I don't believe I'm going to get to go again this summer."

 

Academics will also play a role in Sykes' decision and that is playing heavily into LSU's favor.

 

"They have great coaches and a great staff," said Sykes. "Their football program is really nice and they have a huge academic facility just for the athletes. I was probably the most impressed with that. I want to get my education first and foremost."

 

The 4-star defensive end said he will be taking in a camp at Tennessee this weekend and even if he does not make it to LSU this summer he still holds the Tigers in high regard.

 

"My top five are LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia and Notre Dame," he said.

 

 

 


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