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Jacob Sykes is a big-play receiver for Goldsboro High School (NC). As a junior last season, he averaged just over 18 yards per catch and his abilities caught the attention of several Division 1A programs. This includes Virginia Tech, where Sykes has decided to verbally commit.

“Yes,” Sykes replied when asked if he had verbally committed to Tech.

“I’ve been thinking about making a decision, probably since the beginning of the month. I’ve been evaluating different schools. [Besides Virginia Tech] I had an offer from ECU and Wake Forest was talking to me about offering. I went to camps at ECU and Wake Forest. When I was at Virginia Tech, I just felt comfortable. I love the school, the atmosphere, the history of the athletics and the academics. I like what I can do academic-wise.”

Sykes received an offer prior to this past weekend’s visit to Tech for the senior camp. He still performed in the 40 and the shuttle and did very well. He measured in around 6-0 or 6-1, 170 pounds.

“I ran a 4.5 in the 40,” Sykes said. “I think I ran a 4.18 in the shuttle.”

In addition to speed and quickness, Sykes named several other strengths to his game.

“My hands, my ability to read defense and my knowledge of the game,” said Sykes, whose favorite player is Jerry Rice. “I’m working on improving my upper body strength and studying defenses.”

Recruited by coach Charley Wiles, Sykes plans to grey-shirt.

“There is another wide receiver who accepted their offer before I did,” Sykes said. “With that, I’m going to have to come in January of 2007. Virginia Tech’s where I want to go, though. Coach Wiles said I could go to a community college or something and transfer my grades [the semester before he gets to Virginia Tech]. While I’m doing that, I can work on getting stronger and faster.”

Sykes, who carries a 3.1 grade point average and has scored a 910 on the SAT, is looking to major in either Business or Sports Medicine.

Playing in the ACC…

Growing up in North Carolina, Sykes knows all about the ACC and looks forward to playing in one of the top football conferences in the country.

“I’m very excited about that,” Sykes said. “I’ve been dreaming about playing in the ACC my whole life. Now that it’s here, it’s very exciting.”

How long has he followed Virginia Tech?

“I didn’t watch them growing up, but over the past few years I’ve enjoyed watching their football team,” Sykes said.