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Willie Sykes
Safety | Houston, TX

 

HIGH SCHOOL
A three-star prospect according to ESPN and 247Sports… Ranked the No. 70 safety in the nation and the No. 153 player in Texas by ESPN… 247Sports lists him as the No. 93 cornerback and No. 129 player from Texas… Earned three stars by 247Composite, a combined index of national recruiting rankings… Ranked the No. 138 cornerback and No. 179 player in Texas by 247Composite… Named first-team all-state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football… Earned first-team all-district honors as selected by the league’s coaches… Selected to the Houston Chronicle’s All-Greater Houston Second Team as a senior… Helped Spring win 10 games in 2014 and advance to the Texas class 6A quarterfinals… Totaled 86 tackles, three for loss, two forced fumbles and four interceptions as a senior… Also returned kicks and punts for Spring, including a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second round of the playoffs… Clinched the third round playoff game with an interception… Coached at Spring High School by Sam Parker… Also participated in track and field… Chose Arkansas over offers from Nebraska, Minnesota, Purdue, Utah, Washington State, Oregon State and others.

 

PERSONAL
Born Feb. 20, 1997, he is the son of Willie Sykes and Daneaa Thompson… Enjoys watching movies and playing video games and paintball in his spare time… Would like to become an athletic trainer or coach after his playing career… Participated in outreach for his local church.