UCLA gets commitment from Saint Louis WR Matt Sykes

Saint Louis receiver Matt Sykes announced his commitment to UCLA on Thursday, becoming the 18th different player from Hawaii to commit to a D-I school in the class of 2020. Photo courtesy Matt Sykes.

Saint Louis receiver Matt Sykes ended his college recruitment on Thursday announcing his commitment to play football at UCLA.

The 6-foot-4, 208-pound senior chose the Bruins out of an offer sheet that included Brigham Young, California, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas State, Navy, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.

Sykes has had limited playing time at Saint Louis over the past two seasons due to injuries. He broke his thumb as a sophomore and missed most of the season and then broke his leg during the summer before his junior season and came back to play in six games as a reserve.

He is the seventh Crusader to commit to a Division I program and fifth with a Power Five school. The Bruins became the sixth different team in the Pac-12 to receive a commitment from at least one prospect from Hawaii in the class of 2020.

Sykes is rated as a three-star receiver and the fourth-best senior prospect from the state of Hawaii by 247Sports. He is the 18th prospect overall from Hawaii to commit to a D-I school.

UCLA was the only Pac-12 school last season not to have a Hawaii high school graduate on its football roster, but signed incoming freshman Duke Clemens from Punahou in its 2019 recruiting class.



  1. HLI June 27, 2019 3:44 pm

    I sure miss the days when you could commit to a college without having to produce a short film.

    Those were the days…………

  2. iGrokSpock June 27, 2019 4:47 pm

    HLI – Today with kids it’s all about me and the attention that I receive. I agree with you.

  3. SUSPENSE June 27, 2019 5:29 pm

    Hoping you have an outstanding senior year that will make up for your two injury years; and continue your outstanding play at UCLA!

  4. ??? June 28, 2019 6:07 am

    I would like to thank McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King but I am Committing and taking my Talents to ZIPPY’S.

  5. HLI June 28, 2019 11:28 am

    I am sure family and friends can be proud and happy without all the fanfare.

    I mean what happens if they go college and bust??

    Better to go quietly and then blow up while there then make one video, hahahaha.

    Interested to see how one particular player does with all his social media exploits. #fighton

  6. Kalaepohako Strong July 9, 2019 7:57 am

    UCLA excellent choice for obvious academic and athletic reasons and Chip Kelly a proven winner. To commemorate this incredible honor you post a very sad quasi work out video? Young Brother, lets strive to be better and not emulate the Pun SAT cheaters and posers. Pride Drills 1 2 3 Saints Saints Saints!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email hawaiiprepworld@staradvertiser.com.