Skinner sets visits

Patterson (LA) tight end Deondre Skinner, an Arkansas commit, announced three official visits with a return trip to Fayetteville planned shortly prior to National Signing Day...

Deondre Skinner attended Arkansas vs. LSU Friday.

"It was an unofficial visit," said Skinner, who pulled the trigger on an Arkansas pledge in May. "It was a really exciting game. I thought Arkansas was going to pull it out.

"I'm getting more love from the coaching staff. Coach John L. Smith won't be back but the rest of the staff should know something about a new head coach soon, and that will play a big role in my decision."

Skinner has developed a close relationship with the tight ends coach.

"Coach (Tim) Horton and I talk a lot," he explained. "Arkansas is showing a lot more love. I also spoke with Coach (Steve) Caldwell.

"I'm taking my official visit to Arkansas the last weekend before National Signing Day. Houston is the most recent offer. I'll visit there in December and UL in January."

A few others are vying for Skinner's two additional official visits.

"I might visit LSU," he said. "I haven't heard from them in a week or two. Mississippi State wants me to visit and I might visit Arizona State."

The Tigers, Bulldogs and Sun Devils have all extended offers.

Skinner sparked the talent and tradition rich Patterson program to an average of 10 yearly wins over the course of the past three seasons, including a Class 3A state runner-up finish.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is also a standout hoops and baseball performer.

The Lumberjacks compiled a 20-4 mark and reached the basketball quarterfinals.

Patterson was eliminated by the subsequent state champ in last year's basketball (Richwood) and football (St. Charles Catholic) playoffs.

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