Sykes originally signed with Notre Dame in February on National Signing day.
He began his high school career at Oak Park River Forest, and for the first three years of school played defensive end. The 6-foot-2, 225 pound former three-star prospect was talented at the position and disruptive. As a junior Sykes joined Core 6 Athletes 7-on-7 team and participated as a linebacker, where many were impressed by his lateral movement and potential at the position.
His senior season he transferred to perennial Catholic school powerhouse Montini, and helped lead them to the state championship game -- loosing in a tough, close effort. Sykes gained a lot of mobility during the season and looked like a linebacker. He even took some snaps on offense as an h-back.
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu thinks that the decision to move to Indiana makes a lot of sense for Sykes, especially on the field.
"It is a little unusual for a kid to make a move like this at this point in the year but I always felt that Nile's ideal fit was in a 3-4," Trieu said. "He will get a chance to play in that system now and should have a chance to compete for time immediately because he has the valuable skill of being able to rush the passer."
Sykes will bring that explosive nature and experience of a defensive end to the Hooisers system, and is projected to do pretty well.