Sykes commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame gained its 20th commitment in the 2014 class when linebacker Nile Sykes of Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic pulled the trigger.

One of Notre Dame's biggest targets this weekend, linebacker Niles Sykes of Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic, committed to Notre Dame on Sunday morning while he was still on campus.

"It feels really exciting," Sykes said. "Being able to graduate from Notre Dame is something that is a huge opportunity. Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the country. It will set me up for life, even if I don't make it to the NFL. It will open a lot of doors for me after college."

"Football wise, I will get to play big-time football week in and week out," Sykes added. "When I first got offered by Notre Dame, I felt like it was an offer that I couldn't refuse."

Sykes was first offered by Notre Dame in November, and was high on the Irish since. Sykes also had offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, South Florida and Syracuse.

"I probably knew today that I for sure wanted to comit to Notre Dame," Sykes said. "After all of the events this weekend, I knew that this was where I wanted to be. I got a great feel for everyone here. They all treated me like I was already a teammate, like I was already part of their family even before I joined them."

Sykes was joined by his mother and father on his official visit.

"I'm actually in the car right now waiting on my parents, who are buying stuff in the bookstore," Sykes said. "I have a 14-year old brother, a 10-year old brother and a six month-year old sister. I'm sure they're buying clothes for them."

Sykes said he first committed to Coach Kelly.

"Coach Kelly was really excited," Sykes said. "He's excited to coach me, and he just said I made a big step in my life." Top Stories