Notre Dame currently has a few linebackers verbally committed in the Class of 2014 and could land another today when Drue Tranquill makes his decision, but the Irish don't appear to be done with that position. And even at this late date, the Notre Dame coaching staff is still evaluating 2014 prospects and issuing scholarship offers. It’s actually not unusual for new names to emerge late in the process and two new names, both linebackers, have recently popped up on the Irish radar. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Sports Daily?
Nile Sykes, LB, 6-2, 220, Montini Catholic High School, Lombard IL has recently witnessed his recruiting take off. Sykes (pictured) attributes the recent increase in interest to his move to linebacker this season after playing defensive end the previous two. Now that college coaches have had the opportunity to see his senior tape at linebacker, schools that had previously shown relatively little interest in him have suddenly been in contact. One of those schools is Notre Dame.
“Since I’m not your typical size for defensive end, I wasn’t getting as many looks from the bigger colleges,” he explained. “The upper colleges, per se, were saying ‘When you get that linebacker film, we’ll talk to you.’ But everybody wanted to see that linebacker film before they recruited me further. The schools that offered me before the film offered me on my athletic ability.”
Sykes currently holds offers from schools like Missouri, Purdue, Cincinnati, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, South Florida and Syracuse, among others. Notre Dame has also offered Sykes and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, who is recruiting him, recently got back in touch with the four-star prospect.