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)
Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic
Rank: No. 49 ranked outside linebacker, Three-star
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.
"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
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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