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Sykes starting to plan visits

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Lombard (Ill.) Montini linebacker Nile Sykes has accumulated a nice stack of scholarship offers already, but that list could grow with several teams planning to evaluate his early season games.
The three-star linebacker is keeping his schedule open to give those schools a chance to decide on an offer, but he has begun identifying some possible visit dates with schools that have already extended offers.
"We have a calendar and picked out ones I may want to attend, but nothing is set in stone," Sykes said. "I am going to get out to Syracuse, Iowa State, Indiana, Illinois and I plan on getting out to a Wisconsin game and a Michigan game.
"I know Iowa State vs. Iowa [Sept. 14], I wanted to make that game because it is a big rivalry game. Then, Syracuse vs. Clemson [Oct. 5] is another one I may make it to."
Sykes' offer list has already reached double digits, but he anticipates more to join that group after seeing what he does in the first couple weeks of the season. His fall visit schedule depends heavily on the feedback he receives after those games.
"Wisconsin, Missouri, Penn State, Minnesota - those are just a few that have really expressed interest in me and told me they are going to watch my first game and see how I do," Sykes said. "I know I have five officials, so after those first two games when I get my film out I will definitely have a better feel for what officials I want to make."
College coaches still evaluating Sykes for a scholarship offer should be able to get a strong feel after his first two games. Montini opens their 2013 season against two strong state of Illinois teams in Maine South and East St. Louis.
"I am ready to go," Sykes said. "It couldn't be a better opportunity for me to get out there and get game film against teams like Maine South and East St. Louis."
Sykes has yet to identify favorites out of the schools that have already extended offers, but he has a strong vibe with several on that list.
"The coaches I stay in contact with the most would definitely have to be Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State and Syracuse," Sykes said. "Those four are shooting me messages on Facebook every day, just keeping me updated on what they're doing."
At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Sykes is being recruited for both the inside and outside linebacker positions. He expects to man both roles at different times for Montini this fall.
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