Hoosiers Get a Lift as Sykes Joins Program

 Nile Sykes left Notre Dame and will be eligible to play for the Hoosiers in 2014

Nile Sykes left Notre Dame and will be eligible to play for the Hoosiers in 2014

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@sammyj108)

The Hoosiers have been busy on this Fourth of July as coach Kevin Wilson bagged a nice transfer when Nile Sykes announced he was released from his NIL (nation letter of intent) from Notre Dame and has enrolled at Indiana on Friday. He is eligible to play immediately for the Hoosiers.

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Sykes, out of Oak Park, Illinois, was the 13th best prospect in the state in the 2014 class and rated as the 34th best outside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports. In an interview with IUHoosiers.com coach Kevin Wilson said, “After Coach Kelly and Notre Dame released Nile from his NLI, he reached out to us. We recruited Nile hard and he was a guy we really wanted. We are happy to have him and welcome him into our program."

Sykes will bring depth and big play ability from the outside backer position, which the Hoosiers will gladly take after switching to a 3-4 defense in the spring. Sykes recorded 80 tackles and a whopping 22 tackles for a loss, including 12 sacks.