- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
It was a busy week for 2014 prospect Nile Sykes (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest), who made two visits to Midwest programs.
The more recent of the two trips came Saturday to Wisconsin, which he was seeing for a second time.
“It was good. The whole game was exciting,” Sykes said.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Sykes could play more linebacker as a senior and eventually in college, and he spoke with Badgers linebackers coach Andy Buh. Area recruiter and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash also talked with Sykes.
“Both just asked me how I was doing and thanked me for coming,” Sykes said. “Coach Ash said that he would be down to my school soon.”
Even though the Badgers lost, Sykes saw some things he liked.
“I like that they never quit and played hard on every down,” Sykes said. “Also, their fans are some of the best I’ve seen.”
During the week, Sykes made a visit to nearby Northern Illinois.
“It was great, an awesome game,” Sykes said. “I can tell they put in a lot of work.”
His next visit will go to Ohio State for the Michigan game Nov. 24, and Sykes is impressed with the 11-0 Buckeyes.
“I think they are a really well-coached team and they have a bunch of playmakers,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that they are bowl-ineligible.”