CPA's Sikes likes proving doubters wrong

NASHVILLE-- Christ Presbyterian Academy's Mr. Do-it-all Travis Sikes takes pride in proving his doubters wrong. Sikes has become something of a folk hero for CPA, a 1A school on Nashville's outskirts, but some folks have wondered whether Sikes' considerable abilities would be able to translate were CPA in a higher classification.

NASHVILLE-- Christ Presbyterian Academy's Mr. Do-it-all Travis Sikes takes pride in proving his doubters wrong. Sikes has become something of a folk hero for CPA, a 1A school on Nashville's outskirts, but some folks have wondered whether Sikes' considerable abilities would be able to translate were CPA in a higher classification.

Sikes put such questions to rest earlier this season, when the Lions played David to 5A Goliath Murfreesboro-Riverdale. CPA lost 48-28 in a game most presumed would be a mismatch, but Sikes turned in an astounding performance with 13 catches for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns.

As a wide receiver, he's second in the Midstate area in both receiving yards (931) and touchdown catches (13). As a free safety, Sikes anchors a defense that has held its last eight opponents to 12 points per game. And did we mention that he also punts for a 35-yard average?

"Big players make big plays in big games," says CPA Coach Jay Matthews, and Sikes has come through for the Lions all season. Against Davidson Academy he caught the winning touchdown on a 64-yard bomb. In last week's playoff victory over a good Huntland team, Sikes caught 5 passes for 141 yards, including two for touchdowns.

At 6-4, 190, with 4.50 40 speed (as measured at both the Georgia and Oklahoma camps this summer), Sikes is a player that could help out colleges in a number of positions. "Most people are recruiting me as just an athlete, so that when I get there, they can do whatever with me," he says.

"Probably my best attribute is anticipation of what the other player is going to do. I like playing offense and defense equally well."

Will Sikes be able to play at the highest level in college football? Once again there are doubters, but with his eye-popping receiving numbers, the versatile Sikes has begun fielding high levels of interest from a number of big-time programs. His only offer thus far is from Arkansas State, but more may soon be coming.

"Colorado, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt have all shown interest in me," he says. "I don't really have a favorite, but if I had to choose my top three or four, it would probably be Alabama, Colorado, Florida and Vandy."

Colorado, Alabama and Ole Miss seem the most interested, he said. Sikes visited Vanderbilt unofficially last weekend for the Homecoming game against Florida.

"I can't really get a read on Vanderbilt right now," he said of the hometown Commodores.

Sikes is hoping the Lions' (9-2) playoff run will continue this weekend in the second round vs. Mount Pleasant. If it doesn't, he will immediately begin preparing for basketball, where he averaged 22 points per game last season as a shooting guard for the Lions.


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