One of the Hokies' young receivers who is battling to get in the mix for duty at flanker ... Made strides during a redshirt year ... A good route runner ... Is working to improve his ball skills and strength ... Developing consistency will be a key factor ... Needs to make a solid summer preparation to get a good look when the competition resumes in August. 2007: Redshirted while working as a flanker ... Improved in three of the four major lifts during the off-season ... Caught a 4-yard pass in the Hokies' final spring scrimmage. 2006: Enrolled at Tech in January and participated in spring workouts ... Ran a 4.48 in the 40 during spring max tests ... Worked at the flanker position during spring practice. High School: Served as a wide receiver, free safety and return man for Coach Maurice Jackson at Goldsboro ... As a senior, he caught 24 passes for three touchdowns ... Averaged over 20 yards per catch ... Added 107 yards and one TD on the ground, as well as 68 tackles and two interceptions on defense ... Also contributed over 300 yards on punt returns and 475 yards on kickoff returns ... Scored on a 75-yard kickoff return ... Named all-area, all-conference and all-state ... Caught 22 passes for 400 yards and two TDs as a junior ... Finished his career with nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards during his career, including 1,086 yards receiving ... Listed as the No. 28 player in his state by rivals.com in its final state rankings ... An All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar. Personal: Forrest Jacob Sykes ... Born 4/27/88 in Wake County, NC ... Son of Jerry and Deborah Sykes ... A human development major.