- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
When recruits have strong family ties to multiple schools, they know that they can't please everyone.
2014 wide receiver Dionte Sykes (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler), whose father played at Oregon State and whose uncle played at Colorado, visited Oregon -- another school that his family has ties to -- on Oct. 6 when the Ducks took on Washington.
"Everything about the trip was an absolute amazement. The coaches, the players and the fans all know their roles and they do them well," said Sykes, who has an aunt and uncle who attended Oregon. "Playing a night game against a bitter rival made it that much louder inside the stadium. Everything about the game-day experience was as good as it gets."
The ESPN Watch List member grew up in Southern California as a UCLA fan and has strong ties to that program as well.
While the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Sykes more closely fits the mold of recent UCLA receivers such as Nelson Rosario, he is the type of player the Ducks have been looking for on the outside. Sykes came away from the trip impressed with Ducks wide receivers coach Scott Frost.
"I got a chance to meet with the coaches and get to know them and what they are looking for. Coach Frost knows what he is doing," Sykes said. "They like my size, my speed, my blocking ability and my ability to make plays."
Sykes was joined on the visit by his teammate and a fellow 2014 target, safety J.R. Hunt.
"We both had a great time. I know he liked it a lot," Sykes said. "We both know that an offer from them is huge, no matter how many offers we might get."
The town, the crowd and the overall environment surrounding the football program and the school itself all left a strong impression on Sykes.
"Eugene is a great city that rallies around the team and the school. the crowd was chanting our names and screaming for us to come to Oregon," Sykes said. "The atmosphere would have anyone wanting to go to school there. Oregon is definitely in consideration for me if they offer. It is definitely a place I'd want to go to school and a place I'd love to play football."
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