All Irish: Nile Sykes

In the 18th of its series, Notre Dame linebacker commit Nile Sykes of Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic is broken down with a recruitment recap and player analysis. Projected as inside linebacker, Sykes was offered by former Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco in November after the 'backer stood out on film.

Nile Sykes (Middle linebacker, 6'2", 235)

Location: Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic

Rank: No. 49 ranked outside linebacker, Three-star

Quick Hit:

In early November of 2013, Nile Sykes' most notable offer was from Missouri, and from there the level of suitors showed some drop off. Sykes visited Missouri in late October, and the Tigers looked like the leader to land Sykes.

But, in mid-November, Notre Dame offered Sykes, after Bob Diaco liked what he saw on film from the ‘backer. Sykes named a top six of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Notre Dame, Syracuse and South Florida in early December.

Sykes would end the recruiting process in mid-December when he committed to Notre Dame while on campus during his official visit.

At the high school level, Sykes played defensive end as a sophomore and junior, and upon transferring from Oak Park River-Forest to Montini, made the transition to outside linebacker. At Notre Dame, he is expected to start out as a middle linebacker.

Notable Quotable:

"I probably knew today that I for sure wanted to commit to Notre Dame. 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 before I joined them." – Sykes

Links of Note:

Sykes' Initial Commitment Analysis

Sykes' profile, highlights, and all stories

Sykes is commit No. 18 broken down in the "All Irish" series. Click below to view the first 17 in the series:

WR Justin Brent

DE Andrew Trumbetti

LB Greer Martini

DT Jay Hayes

OG Jimmy Byrne

QB DeShone Kizer

OG Sam Mustipher

TE Nic Weishar

OT Alex Bars

OT Quenton Nelson

LB Jonathan Bonner

DE Grant Blankenship

CB Nick Watkins

P/K Tyler Newsome

S/LB Drue Tranquill

MLB Nyles Morgan

LB Jhonathon Williams

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