USF Dips Into Midwest - Offers Illinois LB

On Wednesday, 2014 Montini Catholic (Ill.) linebacker Nile Sykes snagged an offer from the Sunshine State with South Florida being the latest school to throw their name into the hard-hitting linebacker's recruitment. Will the Bulls get a visit?

Transitioning from a fulltime defensive end to outside linebacker, 2014 Oak Park (Ill.) Montini Catholic linebacker Nile Sykes has showed off his versatility through the first five games in his senior campaign, being powerful and dominant at his new position.

So far in 2013, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker has adapted well, racking up 30 tackles, with nine tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception for the undefeated Broncos.

"Our season is going pretty well, we're 6-0," Sykes said. "We're going to keep it rolling and we have big game this Friday against a big rival of ours. My coach has mentioned to me that I'm having an All-State season so far."

After showing his ability to throw his hand in the dirt to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, as well as dropping back in coverage at linebacker, more schools have inquired about the Prairie State defensive standout.

"I have offers from Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Syracuse, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Missouri, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and South Florida I got the other day."

With Sykes receiving his first offer from the Sunshine State, a visit to Tampa Bay to check out Willie Taggart's program could be in the linebacker's itinerary.

"I made a phone call and called them (USF) yesterday in the afternoon after practice," Sykes said. "They just let me know that they really liked my film and they wanted to get to know me better. I think it's awesome."

In the limited contact between the Bulls and Sykes, defensive line coach Eric Mathis has took charge in Nile's recruitment, attempting to swap out snow for palm trees for the next four to five years of the linebacker's life.

"I've been talking to coach Eric Mathis," Sykes said. "Well, they (coaches) kind of laughed when they were talking about my official visit, but the coaches said they'll get me down there when it's 40 degrees in the winter and 70 degrees down there. They said they have nice weather and I fit in their system. I just want to get down there and see it for myself."

As for visits, Sykes has a few schools in mind that could host him in the near future.

"I plan on going to Missouri officially and unofficially," Sykes said. "I'll be going officially after the season, but I'll be visiting unofficially for the game against South Carolina. I also plan on scheduling one with Syracuse after the season."

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