Michigan Makes Play for Sykes

Rich Rodriguez wasn't the only coach in Ann Arbor pointing to last weekend as a pivotal recruiting moment. John Beilein hosted a couple of key visitors as well. One of them, Jon Horford, he had already received a commitment from. The other, Detroit Denby forward Isaiah Sykes, is one he is now hopes to add to the fold.

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"It was good," Sykes said of his time Michigan.  "I enjoyed it.  I did not stay for the whole (spring game).  I watched a little bit of Devin Gardner.  I saw him throw a couple of passes and then saw #16 quarterback (Denard Robinson).  Then we went back in the locker room, chilled, and watched the playoff game.  I was kicking it with all of the players.  We (also) went to coach's house and watched a playoff game."

The Maize & Blue gave Sykes some long-awaited news when they provided him the answer to the often asked question, would they offer?

"I'm pretty sure they did (extend a scholarship)," said Sykes.  "(Coach Beilein) said that he's really excited about my positive play… like getting a rebound and being able to just push it and getting passes to open players and scoring too."

Beilein had previously described a plan in which he would use Sykes in a way very similar to how he used Manny Harris the last three years.  The visit gave the Denby star the opportunity to find out exactly what that meant.  It also gave him a chance to learn a little more about the coaches on a personal level.

"(Mike Jackson) is a really good person," Sykes said regarding the five year Wolverine assistant.  He's cool.  He keeps it real."

"(Coach Beilein) is cool," he added.  "I would just like to get to know him a little bit more."

That desire to forge a greater rapport with Michigan's headman may explain why Sykes didn't immediately jump at the offer like many expected him to.  While it's clear that there is a great deal that he likes about the Maize & Blue, it is also clear that there are a few things he'd like to learn more about.

"I like Michigan," Sykes said.  "They all stick together.  They're a great group of guys and they fit together real close."

And his lingering question?

"Were they kind of like holding Manny back from getting off and stuff like that," he stated.

Assuaging that concern could be the key to the Wolverines earning Sykes' commitment.  He plans to stay in touch with the coaches in Ann Arbor while he hammers out the rest of his visit schedule.

"Next weekend or the next weekend after that I might go to the University of Central Florida," Sykes reported.  "(Denby coach Chuck Albright) might come to the (visit) at Central Florida.  He's already been to Michigan.  He just wants to see how their style of play is and if he can get a feel for if I can fit in and stuff like that.  I'm going to visit Arkansas too.  That might be the only two, but today my coach got a text that Memphis had asked about me."

With the late signing period set to conclude on May 19, time would seem to be of the essence for Sykes reaching a decision.  For his part, however, he doesn't appear to be pressured by the clock.

"I really do not know (when a decision will be made)," he said.  "I'm just trying to see what's best for me and find the school that to like to be at for the next four years."

 "It is just still wide open," Sykes later added regarding his recruitment.  "But Michigan is the school that has been on me (the hardest)."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Sykes in the coming days.

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