Texas Tech has announced the addition of sophomore defensive back Willie Sykes, a transfer from Arkansas. Sykes is listed on the Red Raiders’ current roster and will initially be a walk on.
Sykes joins a Texas Tech team desperate to improve on the defensive side of the ball. His contribution this season will be only during practices. He’ll sit out competition to comply with NCAA rules but will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Sykes was a three-star member of Arkansas’ 2015 recruiting class and was rated as the No. 140 cornerback in the country and the No. 180 player at any position in the state of Texas coming out of Spring High School.
As a freshman last season, Sykes played in 12 games, mostly on special teams.
Last month, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced that Sykes intended to transfer and wanted to relocate to a school closer to home.
“I would expect [Sykes to transfer] someplace close to home [in Texas],” Bielema said at the time. “I think there’s some things he wants to be closer to home on. … It was a mutually agreed upon issue. Issues. Nothing bad. No failed things or anything that’s forcing the situation other than looking for the best fit.”