Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic High School three star linebacker Nile Sykes has been one of the top targets for the Orange for a long time. Earlier this week, Syracuse showed him how big a priority he is by sending two assistant coaches, Clark Lea and Tim Lester, to visit him in his home.
"It was coach Lea and coach Lester," Sykes said. "They stayed for about an hour and a half, maybe two hours. We talked about education and where they saw me fitting in on the defense.
"They said I am a big part of the recruiting class for them. My parents really liked the coaches. They were impressed with all they had to offer."
Although the visit went well, Sykes says it didn't enhance his interest in Syracuse. It is difficult to do without seeing the campus.
"My interest level is the same," Sykes said. "I just want to get up there and see the place for myself. I just want a chance to see it and meet all the coaches I haven't met already. I want to meet some of the players and get a feel for the program. Stuff like that."
That doesn't mean that he doesn't have interest in Syracuse. To the contrary, Sykes says the Orange have a legitimate in his recruitment.
"My interest in Syracuse is pretty good," Sykes said. "They have been recruiting me for a long time. I just want to see it all in person."
Sykes added that he is not close to a final decision.