SOUTH BEND, Ind. — While Nile Sykes wasn't as high-profile a departure from Notre Dame's recruiting class as Eddie Vanderdoes or Tee Shepard, his transfer to Indiana last month did knock the program's linebacker depth a bit.
Sykes, a three-star linebacker from Montini, transferred to Indiana July 4 due to, as coach Brian Kelly characterized, not meshing well with Notre Dame.
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Kelly was supportive of Sykes' decision to transfer and said he hopes the outside linebacker succeeds at Indiana.
"It just wasn't the right fit," Kelly said. "He's now in a situation where he feels like it's a great fit for him and we wish him the best. He's a good kid.
"There's nothing that he did in our football program that put him in a bad situation with me personally. I gave him a great recommendation and we wish him the best."