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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Ohio State gives Nile Sykes chills on visit

By Jared Shanker

Ohio State is looking at several prospects from the Chicago area, and 2014 defensive end/linebacker Nile Sykes (Oak Park, Ill/Oak Park-River Forest) is among them.

Sykes made it to Ohio State for a visit Saturday for the game against Michigan.

"It was awesome. Both teams played hard and Ohio State really showed their dominance throughout all the game," Sykes said.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Sykes could play either defensive end or outside linebacker in college, so he kept an eye on both positions Saturday.

"Just watched they were doing, what type of blitzes they were running, how much they blitzed," Sykes said. "I also was watching the defensive line stunts. I was impressed overall."

Before the game, Sykes talked with Chicago-area recruiter Mike Vrabel a couple of times. Sykes first talked with Vrabel in the recruiting lounge and then later again on the field.

"He thanked me for coming, said it was going to be a great game. He explained that this is one of the top rivalries in college football and it's one of the reasons I wanted to come," Sykes said. "I knew how intense it would be."

With the Buckeyes pulling off the win and completing an undefeated season, Sykes said the "crowd was amazing and just loud the whole game." He called it one of the best visits he's been on.

"It's one of the most fun times I had at a game besides Wisconsin," he said. "I just got chills walking in there, seeing all those fans."

Sykes has offers from Illinois, Northern Illinois, Purdue and Toledo.