2014 Notre Dame Football Recruiting
The 4 star recruits stands at 6’2’’ and weights 219, but very light on his feet. Looking through his offers he doesn’t have a lot from the big BCS schools, but the ones that have offered him are Arizona State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. I think there is a good chance he can develop into a good OLB, but it will take a lot of time and work to move to that position.
Sykes high school team uses him as a defensive end in mainly 3-4 looks. When he comes to college he will not have the body or build to play as a defensive end, but he will be converted to a pass rush OLB. If you want a comparison it would be Prince Shembo, but I don’t know if Nile will ever be at that level. Shembo is a very good OLB with very good pass rush skills and is occasionally put in a 3 point stance for some of Notre Dame’s 4 fronts. Sykes has the raw skills to work with, but will he be able to measure up with technique. Many times in film he would get knocked back initially and then recover to make a play, which will not be as easy at the college level. His best asset is his quick feet and his motor and not giving up on any plays. Much work is required with his hands, tackling, and at times play recognition. It will take a year or two for him to acclimate himself to the college game but could be a solid performer in later years.