Dec 15, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT
Notre Dame’s annual award show netted more than a few trophies. The Irish football team walked away with a commitment from inside linebacker prospect Nile Sykes. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Chicagoland recruit, who was on his official visit this weekend, gave the Irish a key player at a position of need.
Sykes was just named first-team All-State by the Chicago Tribune. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker also had offers from Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, South Florida and a handful of other Midwestern programs.
The Irish offered Sykes midway through November, and looked to be in line to pick up a commitment, but when both Chuck Martin and Bob Diaco departed, Sykes lost both his main recruiter and position coach.
Sykes took an official visit to Syracuse last weekend and came to South Bend for the team’s banquet, joined by a large group of recruits. Even with the changes on the Irish coaching staff, Sykes’ comments to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($) gave you an idea that Sykes wasn’t going to be dissuaded by some assistant turnover.
“It’s just an amazing opportunity to play at a school like Notre Dame,” Sykes told 247Sports prior to his visit. “It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Sykes is the 20th member of the 2014 Irish recruiting class.