Sykes' is Proving he's a Linebacker

Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.) High '14 LB, Nile Sykes talks position switch,U-M interest, his upcoming camps,schools of interest and more.

MATTESON, Ill.--Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.) High 2014 standout, Nile Sykes made the switch from defensive end to linebacker this off-season. With the position switch, Sykes' is out to prove that he has the speed and coverage ability to be a BCS player.

Last weekend, Sykes did absolutely that. As the three-star prospect was making plays in coverage and showing good decision making skills at the IMG Regional 7-on-7 championship.

"I'm just playing ball," Sykes told GoBlueWolverine. "I got a couple pass deflections. I had some shutdown coverage. I'm just out here having fun though."

Currently, Sykes has notable offers from Purdue, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Iowa State, to name a few. However, he says he trying to generate more interest from other programs such as Michigan, Tennessee and Notre Dame.

While the Wolverines' haven't extended an offer to Sykes, he says the Maize & Blue coaching staff has told him they would like to see how he operates in the open field.

"They just need to see me," Sykes explained. "I think my linebacker cover skills are pretty solid. I always think there is room for improvement. But I just need the opportunity right now. If they were out here to see me today, I think it would do me some justice. They would able to see me run around and stuff."

At 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, Sykes is ranked the No. 58 OLB prospect in the latest player rankings. He says he has been in contact with Michigan and they keep relaying the same message to him on his game.

"They just want to see move around like everyone else does," Sykes said. "The schools that haven't offered me, they just want to see me move around at linebacker, cause I am switching positions. So, that's what they want to see from me.

"They want to see me at camp. They want to see me move around a little bit. ‘We have you on our radar. We have seen your film.' Now, I just got to go out there and show them what I can do."

And if the Wolverines' were to offer?

"They would definitely be a consideration." Sykes said. "It is a great academic program. I already know. They have really good football. They definitely would be a consideration."

Sykes said he doesn't have a top-five at the moment. He says he plans on camping at Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Note Dame this June. He said when he is done with his camp circuit he will make his decision shortly after.

"Maybe mid-July," said Sykes, on his final decision. "I definitely want to get through the June when I will be doing most of my camps. Maybe if there is some camps in July that I would to go to, then the dates will get pushed back. But right now I am thinking mid-July."

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