2013 OT talks Duke decision

Earlier this month Scout.com's commitment list for Duke was updated with a new commitment for the Blue Devils. That new player was an offensive lineman with good measureables, but no name recognition. TDD recently spoke to Alex Skidmore to get the latest.

"For Duke, I was offered a spot on the team with the Duke Select program," said Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes lineman Alex Skidmore. "It's not a scholarship offer at the moment, but grants me the opportunity to earn my keep as time goes on, which I plan to do."

Skidmore, a 6-foot-5, 290 pound offensive tackle, has been recruited by a number of smilers schools such as Princeton, William and Mary, Richmond, and the rest of the Ive League. He also fielded some interest from Virginia.

The roster of suitors is no surprise after a quick glance at Skidmore's academic profile:

"I focus primarily on Mathematics and Physics at the moment, with some emphasis on Biology. I hope to go into Biomedical Engineering as my major program. My unweighted grade point average is nearly 4.0 and my SAT score was a 1600 for the two part and 2360 for the three part."

Over the summer Skidmore attended camps at Virginia, Richmond, East Carolina, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Duke. Following the summer, he has helped Ocean Lakes to an 11-0 overall record as part of a strong offensive line that has controlled every opponent in the trenches. For his school team, Skidmore plays left tackle, but that could change at the Division I level.

"Right now I'm 6-foo-5, and 290 pounds. My best bench press max was 345 pounds, and I've done 315 pounds ten times, and I hope it keeps going up as I continue to work hard. Throughout high school I've been at left tackle, and imagine that's where I could start at the next level, but coaches could move me to guard as well. I suppose it depends on what kind of look I give them in the coming months. I feel like my footwork in the passing game has really improved this year."

Turning back to recruiting, Skidmore says it was his experience at the Duke summer camp that played a big part in his decision.

"It was by far the toughest camp, and I really enjoyed myself. The biggest attractors for Duke were the campus, the atmosphere, and the academics. Duke is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, and that matched well with the intensity of the football program. I could see at camp just how strong the program is becoming. No other camp I attended demanded as much of their athletes while maintaining strict discipline and focus at all times."

"Both at camp, and as the season has progressed, Coach Cutcliffe's prowess as a head coach has shown through, and so did Coach Latina's control over the athletes on the offensive line. Both coaches had a really strong impact on me while I was there for camp and my visits. Of course, Coach Petri, my area recruiter, was a power source and my "in" to the system to begin with."

"Overall, my visits have shown me all of the things I really value: the campus life, the strong athletic environment, the academia, and the Christian ideals which guide everyone there. It's all sold me completely. I look forward to taking an official visit after my high school season is over."

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