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Five former Little Huskies hit the big time

<p>Montini linebacker Nile Sykes brings down Morgan Park running back Charles Bournes. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Montini linebacker Nile Sykes brings down Morgan Park running back Charles Bournes. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Five football players for three different playoff high schools are expected to sign Division I letters of intent on Wednesday. Read more from George M. Wilcox on High School Cube News.

No wonder the Little Huskies youth football team went undefeated during its 2009 season.

Five members of that Oak Park-based club planned to sign Division I letters of intent Wednesday on national signing day.

The eighth-graders on the Little Huskies would become major contributors for three different playoff-bound high school teams in 2013, led by Montini linebacker Nile Sykes, who has verbally committed to Notre Dame. The 6-foot-1, 219-pound Sykes played three years at Oak Park-River Forest, then transferred in January 2013 and played his only season with the Broncos in the fall.

The other members of that Little Huskies squad who were projected to sign on Wednesday are Fenwick’s Robert Spillane (Western Michigan) and Ryan Smith (Miami, Ohio), and OPRF’s Simmie Cobbs (Indiana) and Jamal Baggett, who said he would decide Monday between Akron or Army.  Cobbs and Smith made their verbal commitments Sunday.

Cobbs flipped from Purdue and changed to Indiana after taking a visit to the Bloomington campus on Saturday. Purdue recruited Cobbs as a safety, but Indiana offered him a chance to play wide receiver, his position with OPRF.

“I’m happy with Indiana,” the 6-foot-4, 207-pound Cobbs said. “I enjoyed myself there. It was hard to [change a commitment], but I feel more comfortable there.”

[Read the full story on High School Cube News.]

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