2016 Kilgore DB Jerrell Sykes talks about his sophomore season and where things stand on the recruiting front

2016 Kilgore DB Jerrell Sykes (5-11, 175) had a huge sophomore season, leading the nation with 10 interceptions, but recruiting has yet to really hit full stride...

"Honestly, my recruiting process has been going very slow," Sykes told JCFootball.com recently. "I'm hoping things pick up soon. So far, really Stephen F. Austin and some D-2 schools have been the only schools that have talked to me."

As a sophomore this past season, Sykes led the nation with 10 interceptions while also posting 68 tackles and 17 pass breakups and he also was an asset on special teams as he blocked four kicks as well.

"I'm very competitive and I will always compete, no matter what," Sykes said. "I alwasys try to make plays when the ball is in the air and I am strong when the ball goes up because I feel like that's my ball.

"I can play zone or man, I feel comfortable doing both, but I played almost exclusively man-to-man this year."

As a prep, Sykes, who is a good student, lost a lot of interest from schools when he went down as a senior with a torn ACL in his right knee.

"I was a qualifier academically, so I didn't really have issues there, but when I tore my ACL my senior season, I lost a lot of attention," Sykes recalled. "Since I didn't really have any options, I chose to come here to Kilgore because they showed the most interest in me and I really liked the coaching staff and I just wanted to give myself another chance to be recruited and be seen by coaches."

Sykes has one class left to wrap up his two-year degree and he will have two years to play two starting this fall.

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