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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Nile Sykes Announces Top 6, Sets Visit

2014 Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Lombard (Ill.) Martini Linebacker Nile Sykes has announced a Top 6, via Twitter. Sykes claims a Top 6 of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Notre Dame, South Florida and Syracuse. Additionally, Sykes has set his first two official visits.

He will officially visit Syracuse on December 6th. Sykes will then visit Notre Dame for their banquet weekend on December 13th.

Notre Dame is consider to be the favorite for Sykes. A commitment is likely to come when he visits South Bend. All recent predictions have Sykes selecting the Irish over Illinois and Missouri. Sykes has not stated whether or not he will take more visits.

If Notre Dame lands Sykes, they fill a huge need in the 2014 recruiting class. The Irish desperate need Inside Linebackers. In 2014, Notre Dame will likely start Jarrett Grace and Kendall Moore. Backing up Grace and Moore at Linebacker will likely be Sophomore Michael Deeb and Redshirt Junior Joe Schmidt. All four of these players have the potential of being solid but are not elite players. If any of these players are injured, it would be catastrophic for the Fighting Irish. Landing a few more Linebackers would help with this issue.

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