September 18, 2012

Sykes enjoys visit to State

Defensive end prospect Nile Sykes of Oak Park-River Forest High School was in East Lansing on Saturday for the game against Notre Dame. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect already has a solid list of scholarships which will be sure to expand in the coming months. spoke with him and got his impression of his visit to Michigan State.

Sykes already holds scholarship offers from teams such as Illinois, Purdue, Northern Illinois and Miami of Ohio. We asked him about the teams that are showing him the most interest at this point and how things are progressing.

"Recruiting has been picking up," Sykes stated. "I have been cleared to play again this week so I am looking forward to that. I've been getting tons of mail from Ohio State. Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan, Purdue, Washington, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Stanford, UCLA and Cal"

Sykes injured his foot in a scrimmage back in August and has had to wear a boot the last few weeks. River Forest has been able to go 3-1 over that time, but they certainly will be glad to have Skyes back for the big game this weekend against Glenbard West High School.

Sykes was on campus along with a host of other recruits, many of whom are involved with the Core6 programs. The Core6 program helps athletes prepare both physically and emotionally for the transition from high school football to college football. Sykes talked about his time in East Lansing.

"The atmosphere was great," he said. "I could tell that there was some pride taken in football at Michigan State and the fans were awesome. Unfortunately Michigan State couldn't come out with a win but I still really enjoyed myself. Unfortunately I did not get to talk with the coaches much. Due to the loss I wasn't able to enter the locker room or come in contact with any coaches following the game."

Sykes primary recruiter from Michigan State is Coach Dan Roushar. You can be sure that he will be following up with Sykes in the coming weeks. The staff will probably look to host Sykes back on campus again later this fall for possibly the Nebraska or Northwestern game.

With 4 early scholarship offers and attention from all over the country we asked Sykes if it was safe to say that he is not in a hurry to make a college decision.

"Yes very safe," he said. "I'm in no rush to make any decision. I need to figure out where I feel most comfortable and that will take some time."

Sykes indicated that his main focus right now is his high school teams and if he has the opportunity he will try and visit a few other college games this fall. Going to junior days is something he is looking forward to doing so he can learn more about all of the athletic and academic opportunities each school has.

Michigan State is being very aggressive recruiting Illinois for the class of 2013. The staff already has offered a few players like Brian Allen Clifton Garrett and Nyles Morgan; it may only be a matter of time before Skyes joins the list of players that the Spartans have offered. will be sure to keep in contact with Sykes in the coming weeks. Now that he is healthy he is looking forward to having some strong games and sending his highlight film out to college coaches. We will be sure to update fans on his progress and any additional offers he receives.

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