While down in Pasadena, TX for the O-D Bowl, Patterson (LA) tight end Deondre Skinner realized that this could is one of many weekends where he will be tied up and taking care of things related to football.
Sure, this time marks one of the final moments he will suit up as a high school football player, but he is also benefiting in other ways while in the Lone Star State.
"I've been meeting people from different states and it's a good thing to compete against better prospects. I'm having a fun time here and I'm ready for Sunday to compete against the other players," Skinner said. "I'm learning some different things than what I learned from my coaches in high school."
One of the key things that the 6-3.5, 225-pound Skinner has picked up is techniques that will help him get off the ball quicker. And as he moves forward in his career, this could be some valuable information for him to use.
By the end of the year, Skinner will be on a college roster at a Division I school. Which school? That is still up in the air. Right now, he is listed as a "soft" verbal to Arkansas, a program he committed to in May.
When he spoke about the schools in play, the Razorbacks got the most ink. And with the hire of coach Bret Bielema, it seems as though there could be an advantage there.
"I think I may stay at Arkansas because coach Bielema he likes to use the tight ends a lot. I think I have a pretty good opportunity of playing my freshman year if I stay with Arkansas and go in as a tight end," Skinner said. "You know, coach Bielema already has five tight ends in the league right now. I think that I can get to the league too if I play for him.
"But I'm still taking my visits."
Skinner will travel around and check out a number of other programs. He said Mississippi State, Arizona State and Houston are the top schools talking with him.
Here is the rundown of Skinner's upcoming official visit schedule:
Arizona State (January 11)
UL-Lafayette (January 18)
Mississippi State (January 25)
Arkansas (February 1)
Houston (He said was supposed to be December 11, but was postponed. He mentioned that he needed to talk with the coaches about that)
Stay tuned as it looks like Skinner has a lot to think about over the next couple of months.
Long-time Arkansas commit Deondre Skinner talks about new Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema and…