Nile Sykes has left Notre Dame, but not the state of Indiana.
The one-time incoming Irish linebacker will now play for Indiana University, according to an announcement on the Hoosiers’ athletic website.
Notre Dame released Sykes from his National Letter of Intent, which enables the incoming freshman to play this fall.
“After Coach (Brian) Kelly and Notre Dame released Nile from his NLI, he reached out to us,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement. “We recruited Nile hard and he was a guy we really wanted. We are happy to have him and welcome him into our program.”
Rumors of Sykes’ departure from Notre Dame first circulated Wednesday, July 2, but Sykes has not announced his reason for leaving Notre Dame.
Sykes, a Rivals’ three-star prospect from Lombard, Ill., will be Indiana’s highest-rated linebacker in the 2014 class. At Notre Dame, Sykes would have had to compete with sophomore Jaylon Smith and freshman Nyles Morgan, who figure to be starters. Joe Schmidt, Jarrett Grace, Kolin Hill, Michael Deeb and Doug Randolph also factor into the mix at linebacker.