Dionte Sykes is wrapping up his sophomore year of high school and already the Chandler (Ariz.) Basha athlete claims six scholarships.
His father, Kelron, played linebacker at Oregon State and is involved with the Future Pro 5 Star Combines so that has helped Sykes in his recruitment but so has his talent on the field and that combination is really paying off.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect said Arizona State, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon State, Syracuse and UCLA have offered him so far and one Pac-12 school is especially standing out.
"UCLA stands out the most," Sykes said.
"I know almost the whole coaching staff at UCLA and a lot of my friends from out here that I play with just committed to UCLA. Brett Hundley is one of my good friends. There's just something about UCLA that I've always liked for some reason.
"It's good to know those guys because I have support whenever I need it. I was raised around them so they know me, I know them well, so it should be a good fit."
Since it's still so early in his recruitment, Sykes said he's going to take his time and not rush a decision. He said Arizona consistently sends him recruiting mail and more schools will probably get involved later on.
"I still have two more years of football so I'm going to be open-minded about it," Sykes said.
Some of the early offers were a surprise, too, so Sykes isn't sure what's going to happen next in recruiting. He was hearing from some Pac-12 schools but it came as a complete shock to get offered by some programs so far away like Michigan and Syracuse.
"I got a bunch of questionnaires and then I sent out my highlight film," Sykes said. "My dad has some connections and that helped a lot.
"I was surprised when I heard Syracuse and Michigan offered me. Those schools are far away and I didn't think Eastern schools like that would off me. I'm not even a junior or senior yet so I was surprised."