"After Coach (Brian) Kelly and Notre Dame released Nile from his NLI (National Letter of Intent), he reached out to us," said Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson. "We recruited Nile hard and he was a guy we really wanted. We are happy to have him and welcome him into our program."
Sykes was one of five linebacker prospects to give his pledge to the Irish program for the 2014 cycle, joining fellow three-star Greer Martini, Kolin Hill, Drue Tranquill, and five-star prospect and fellow Illinois native, Nyles Morgan.
Sykes projected to outside linebacker where the Irish currently have a wealth of competitors, though just one, senior Ben Councell with playing experience and eligibility beyond 2014.
Potential outside linebackers on Notre Dame's 2014 depth chart include Councell (2015), junior John Turner (2016), sophomore James Onwualu (2016), and potentially sophomore Doug Randolph (2017) along with the aforementioned trio of Hill, Martini, and Tranquill (2017-18).
Hybrid defensive end prospects Grant Blankenship and Jhonathan Williams could also receive initial evaluations at outside 'backer. Fellow hybrid Jonathan Bonner appears headed for the defensive line (DE).
Notre Dame has earned the pledge of 2015 linebacker prospect Josh Barajas as well.