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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Visit changes Sykes' perception of Indiana

By Jared Shanker

Indiana sent out offers to a few Chicago prospects recently, and Nile Sykes (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic) was one of them. Sykes was in Bloomington on Saturday for the game.

“It was an awesome trip. I got to know the coaches, talked to Coach [Kevin] Wilson and Coach [Mike] Ekeler and thought I started a good relationship with them,” Sykes said. “They’re straight-forward guys and keep it real with you.”

The Hoosiers offered Sykes just last week, and he made his first visit to Bloomington this past weekend. Talking at length with Wilson, Sykes said he gets the feel that Indiana is heading in the right direction.

“He told me how they’re rebuilding and they want me to be a part of it and they’re doing something special at Indiana, and I could tell that,” Sykes said. “I talked to some of the players and they were saying that ever since Coach Wilson came there’s more of a taking-care-of-business attitude on the field and that family part to it off it.”

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Sykes holds five offers and is fielding high-level BCS interest. Sykes has made the rounds to several schools and is still considering every program. He admits that visit to Indiana opened up his eyes about the program.

“I’m looking at them now with a new pair of eyes now that I got to meet the coaches and see some stuff,” he said. “Everybody is fair game if you know what I’ll mean.”

Sykes plans to visit Indiana again for a spring practice.

He also is planning a visit to Michigan State, possibly as early as Feb. 16. Spartans assistant coach Dan Roushar was at Montini Catholic several times over the last month, and Sykes said the Spartans are very interested in him. He’s been to East Lansing before but was only there for a camp and did not see much.

“I don’t know much about them, but I do like their stadium and weight room,” he said. “Now that I’m going to the junior day I plan on learning more about their program.”