TSU adds tackle

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Appling County High School offensive lineman Dallas Sikes became the latest high school player to commit to Troy State.

The 6-6, 297 offensive tackle from Baxley, Ga., chose Troy State over Central Florida and Clemson.

"I really liked the coaching staff," Sikes said. "I met (Larry) Blakeney and all the others, too."

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Sikes visited the campus two weeks ago, but after visiting the campuses in Orlando, Fla., and Clemson, S.C., he said he felt most comfortable at Troy State.

"It felt like home," Sikes said.

Sikes verbally committed to the Trojans Wednesday citing the chance to start a new tradition as a deciding factor.

"If you go to places like Georgia or Clemson, they have their traditions and you're trying to follow them," Sikes said. "At Troy State, you get the chance to start traditions."

Sikes said he expected to redshirt his freshman year but would play if needed.

He played high school football at the same high school that produced former Troy State wide receiver and punt returner Heyward Skipper.

The Troy State recruiting season has been busy this year with several verbal commitments coming already.

The Trojans signed six players in the early signing period.

The Trojans begin spring practice March 10 and will have a scrimmage March 15. T-Day will be in April.