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July 4, 2014

IU football gains former Irish signee

Indiana announced today that linebacker Niles Sykes, who had enrolled at Notre Dame, would join the Hoosier program and be eligible immediately. The university also formally announced the signing of quarterback Danny Cameron, son of former Hoosier head coach Cam Cameron.

Sykes is a 6-foot-1, 219-pound linebacker from Lombard, Illinois. He enrolled at Notre Dame for summer school but has been granted his release. Sykes was ranked the No. 20 overall inside linebacker in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com but was expected to play outside linebacker at Notre Dame.

Here is the text of the press release today from Indiana media relations:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head coach Kevin Wilson announced on Friday two additions to the Indiana football program. Linebacker Nile Sykes (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic) and quarterback Danny Cameron (Baton Rouge, La./Baton Rouge Catholic) have signed with IU. Both true freshmen are eligible to play this fall.

Sykes originally signed with Notre Dame on 2014 National Signing Day. Notre Dame agreed to release Sykes from his National Letter of Intent.

A 2013 first team all-state selection, Sykes earned a spot on the U.S. Under-19 National Team. He collected 80 tackles, 12 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss as a senior. Sykes was ranked as the No. 20 inside linebacker nationally and the No. 18 prospect in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com.

"After Coach Kelly and Notre Dame released Nile from his NLI, he reached out to us," Wilson said. "We recruited Nile hard and he was a guy we really wanted. We are happy to have him and welcome him into our program."

Cameron is the son of former Indiana head coach (1997-2001) and current LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. A 6-2, 200-pounder, Cameron led Baton Rouge Catholic to the 2013 district title.

"Danny and Coach Cameron visited with us a couple weeks ago and we all feel confident that this is a strong fit," Wilson said. "Danny adds depth to our quarterback position and we are excited to welcome him back to Bloomington."


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