On campus for just a handful of weeks, Nile Sykes could see his stay in South Bend be a short one.
With rumors swirling throughout the day that Sykes had left the Notre Dame football team and would transfer, the 2014 signee attempted to brush back at least a portion of the speculation by tweeting he is “still currently a Notre Dame student.” The Chicago Tribune, however, wrote that “[m]ultiple sources confirmed to the Tribune that Sykes is contemplating a transfer. One source said the reason is not academic but that Sykes is seeking a school that is a better fit.”
To where the Illinois native would be looking to transfer is unknown, although coming out of high school he had offers from, among others, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Purdue and Syracuse.
A Notre Dame official politely declined to comment on Sykes’ status with the program. If Sykes has started classes, he would (likely) be forced to sit out the 2014 season if he transfers to another FBS school.
A three-star member of the Irish’s 2014 recruiting class, Sykes was rated as the No. 20 inside linebacker in the country. Only three players on the defensive side of the ball in ND’s class this year carried a higher rating than Sykes.
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