|High School:||Goldsboro HS|
AS A JUNIOR AT VIRGINIA TECH (2010): Had one play on defense and seven on special teams in the opening game … Picked up a tackle on special teams against JMU … Worked 10 plays on special teams in the win over ECU … Got seven plays on defense and six on special teams against Central Michigan … Had five more plays on defense against Wake Forest … Broke up two passes and registered a pair of tackles during 13 plays on defense against Duke … Saw some action on special teams and defense at Miami … Was in for seven defensive snaps and 12 plays on special teams during the Virginia game.
AS A SOPHOMORE AT VIRGINIA TECH (2009): Saw action in seven games … Got in for one play on the punt block/return team against Marshall … Blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown in the Miami game … Saw brief special team action at Duke … Was in on 13 plays at corner and eight on special teams during the BC game … Played briefly against UNC … Picked up three plays at corner against Maryland … Also saw action in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Tennessee … Picked up Iron Hokie honors during off-season testing … Posted two tackles and broke up a pass during the team’s last Saturday spring scrimmage … Was in on four tackles in the Maroon-White game, including one behind the line.
AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN AT VIRGINIA TECH (2008): Moved from receiver to cornerback at the start of preseason practice and made the travel squad … Saw action on special teams in all 14 games, posting five tackles … Picked up two tackles on returns at Nebraska … Added another tackle against WKU … Got nine plays on special teams at FSU and six versus Maryland … Was in on three special team plays against both Miami and Duke … Worked all four kickoffs in the Virginia game … Picked up a tackle during seven special team plays against BC in the ACC title game … Also posted a tackle in the Orange Bowl against Cincinnati … Had a personal-best 35-inch vertical jump during off-season testing … Worked at boundary corner during the spring … Intercepted a pass in the Maroon-White game.
AS A FRESHMAN AT VIRGINIA TECH (2007): Redshirted while working as a flanker … Improved in three of the four major lifts during the off-season … Caught a 4-yard pass in the Hokies’ final spring scrimmage … Enrolled at Virginia Tech in January and participated in spring workouts … Ran a 4.48 in the 40 during spring max tests … Worked at the flanker position during spring practice.
HIGH SCHOOL: Served as a wide receiver, free safety and return man for head coach Maurice Jackson at Goldsboro High School … Caught 24 passes for three touchdowns as a senior … Averaged more than 20 yards per catch … Added 107 yards and one TD on the ground, as well as 68 tackles and two interceptions on defense … Also contributed more than 300 yards on punt returns and 475 yards on kickoff returns … Scored on a 75-yard kickoff return … Named all-area, all-conference and all-state … Caught 22 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns as a junior … Finished his career with nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards, including 1,086 yards receiving … Listed as the No. 28 player in his state by Rivals.com in its final state ranking … An All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar … Was also an all-region and all-state performer in track & field at Goldsboro.
PERSONAL: The son of Deborah and Jerry Sykes was born on April 27, 1988 … Has five brothers – Jermaine, Jared, Aaron, Jonathan and Mike – and two sisters, Shay and Tyra ... A sociology major at UNCP.