August 8, 2012

Sykes impressed with Spartans

One of the top prospects in the state of Illinois for the class of 2014 is Nile Sykes of River Forest High School in Oak Park Illinois. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect already has several scholarship offers on the table and Michigan State is taking a very close look. has some details on his recruitment.

With the majority of spots already accounted for the class of 2013, the Michigan State staff is looking ahead to players from 2014 and Skyes is high on the list. He talked about what schools have already offered him a scholarship and what other ones are showing him plenty of early interest.

I have offers from the University of Illinois, Purdue, Northern Illinois and Toledo, Sykes stated. Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State are the other schools that are showing me the most interest."

Sykes was one of the top underclass performers at the Michigan State Elite Player Camp back in June. The Spartan staff focused on having a lot of high-level class of 2014 prospects on campus that day and Sykes was one of the players that stood out. He spoke with about his thoughts.

"I liked Michigan State, he said. It is an awesome university with a really good coaching staff and a strong football program. Coach Roushar is my recruiter from there."

At 6-foot-3 220-pounds Sykes is much like Spartan class of 2012 signee Jamal Lyles in the fact that he could play either outside linebacker or defensive end. It all depends on how big he gets and what type of scheme a team wants to run.

With a high-level of early interest Sykes is already starting to focus on the factors that are important to him when it comes to making a decision. We spoke with him about that and his plans for this fall as far as unofficial visits.

"Education is number 1 for me, but I also have to be a place I feel comfortable and I feel is the perfect fit for me Sykes said. Of courses I also want to be a place where they play some good football too. I plan on going to some game this fall; I am still getting my schedule together." expects that the Michigan State staff will be inviting numerous prospects up to games this fall with the Notre Dame and Ohio State games being marquee match-ups. Style has Friday night contest both of those weekend so it is possible he could make the trip to check the Spartans out in person. will be sure to keep in contact with Sykes this fall. Coach Roushar is doing an excellent job of getting the Spartans in early on several of the top prospect in the Land of Lincoln. The Spartans are in strong position lineman Brian Allen and linebacker Clifton Garrett.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Sykes is a very good prospect. I was able to see him in action at camp and he was one of the top underclass performers. The Spartans are really working hard in Illinois and that could come to fruition if the Spartans are able to land Demetrius Cooper. The Spartans are involved with several athletes that are involved in the Core 6 developmental program. Core 6, which was created by six former college football players, does an excellent job of helping kids develop the skills to be successful at the next level.

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