Sykes is Tripping to LSU

Although his injury last October prevented Rae Sykes from attending any camps this summer, he said he has made a full recovery and looks forward to taking an official visit to check out LSU during the fall.

Last season, the 6'4", 245-pound Sykes had already recorded 75 tackles at defensive end before being injured in practice, breaking his humorous bone.


"Everything is going real good right now and I'm definitely back to 100 percent," said Sykes. "I was supposed to go to LSU's camp, but that fell through because of transportation issues. Hopefully I'll make it this fall though."


Sykes said that so far he has received 12 offers and that right now his top teams are LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Georgia. He did say, however, that in no particular order, that LSU, Tennessee and FSU are his top choices at this point.


"I text messaged with coach Searels yesterday," said Sykes. "I talked to him about two weeks ago and he was just telling me that LSU still had a lot of interest in me and that he really wanted me to be a Tiger."


Why is Searels so anxious to make the 4-star prospect a Tiger?


"He said he likes the way I get off the ball and that I was big and strong," said Sykes. "He said I would be a big force to add to the defense."


The Alcoa (Tenn.) product said that Searels was confident that Sykes could get on the field quickly in a Tiger uniform.


"He didn't come out and say it, but he said they are graduation some defensive lineman next year and that there would be a good opportunity to get on the field," said Sykes. "I want to get out there as soon as possible, because the way I see it, it's a big honor to play your freshman year. Not a whole lot of players get to do that at major programs and I would love to be one of the ones to get to have that honor."


Sykes said he is still confident that his injury will not affect his playing, once he straps on his helmet.


"I don't believe it will affect me at all," Sykes said confidently. "I know I have to do once I get out there."


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