Sykes Commits, Looks to Grey Shirt

Since the FedEx containing a Hokie scholarship offer was delivered, Jacob Sykes has claimed Virginia Tech as his leader. However, he wanted to wait to check out the campus before verbally committing.

Sykes, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver from Goldsboro (N.C.), attended the Hokies' one-day camp this past weekend. However, when it came time to give the Virginia Tech coaches his verbal pledge, he didn't receive the response he expected.

"I committed, but they said that somebody already took up on that offer," said Sykes. "So, if I do go to Virginia Tech I'd have to enroll January 2007.

"Right now I'm going to go with that. I'm not really going to look at other schools unless some opportunity better than that comes."

Sykes also owns an East Carolina offer, but feels the opportunity the Hokies' football program presents is something he can't pass up – even if it means waiting an extra semester.

"I like their program and how they're steady in what they do," said Sykes. "I also like their history in athletics."

The Hokies' 2006 commitment list currently contains three members – defensive end Mike Gee, cornerback Devin Radford, and offensive lineman Clark Crum. If Sykes decides to stick with his decision to "grey shirt" and enroll in January 2007, he would count against the 2007 recruiting class count.

In addition to camping in Blacksburg this past weekend, Sykes has camped at East Carolina, and Wake Forest.


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