Notre Dame lost a member of its 2014 recruit classing over the holiday weekend.
Outside linebacker Nile Sykes from Montini Catholic in Lombard, Illinois left the Fighting Irish earlier in the week and now is enrolled at Indiana, according to an Indiana press release. 247Sports was the first to report the news.
The release stated that Notre Dame agreed to release Sykes from his national letter of intent. Sykes is eligible to play for the Hoosiers as a freshman this fall.
“After Coach (Brian) Kelly and Notre Dame released Nile from his NLI, he reached out to us,” Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said in the release. “We recruited Nile hard, and he was a guy we really wanted. We are happy to have him and him him into our program.”
The former three-star recruit held offers from Eastern Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan, among others. He recorded 80 tackles (22 for loss) and 12 sacks as a senior for Montini Catholic last season.
Fansided blog Slap the Sign believes Sykes’ departure will not impact the Fighting Irish this season on the field.
“Notre Dame was not depending on Sykes starting or playing a significant role at the (middle linebacker) position,” the site wrote. “The Irish will likely depend on incoming freshman linebacker Nyles Morgan. However, Sykes may have been able to play on special teams.”
Indiana also announced the addition of Danny Cameron, a quarterback from Baton Rouge Catholic in Louisiana. He is the son of former Indiana coach and current LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.