Skinner Adds In-State Offer

Patterson (La.) junior Deondre "Dee" Skinner, a three-star prospect ranked as the No. 22 tight end in the nation by Fox Sports/, reports a new offer this evening. Go inside for the details.

"I got offered by Tulane tonight," said Deondre Skinner, who reported an early offer several months ago from Texas A&M to accompany recent offers from Mississippi State and Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns.

Skinner is being recruited by Green Wave tight ends/running backs coach David Johnson, who was the head coach of the St. Augustine Purple Knights last year.

"Coach David wants me to stay home and play for Tulane," said Skinner. "He told me how most of their coaches were in the NFL. He talked about the type of offense they're going to run, and how I could split out at wide receiver.

"He said they want players like me so they can win championships at Tulane. He's a really cool dude; he wants to meet my family."

Johnson's recruiting approach has had a favorable impact on Skinner, who plays for one of the top Class 3A football programs in the state (coached by veteran head man Tommy Minton).

"I like Tulane a lot," said Skinner, who helped Patterson to a perfect 9-0 regular season last fall.

"I feel like I would fit into their program well. Their coaches' NFL experience impresses me a lot. It shows me they know how to win games."

Who will be Skinner's likely next offer?

"Houston should offer soon," he stated.

Skinner also played on Patterson's basketball and baseball playoff teams.

"I've been busy with baseball," he said. "I play right field and pitcher. We lost in the first round of the playoffs today to Rayville.

"We were ahead 2-1 in the fifth but they got two big hits the next inning and won, 4-2. My last at-bat came with two outs in the last inning. I got a triple and then Jaydrick Declouet, our leadoff hitter (and Louisiana Tech football signee as a WR), flied out.

"Jaydrick is a really good baseball player. I think he's going to play both baseball and football at Louisiana Tech."

Skinner joined his fellow Lumberjacks on the diamond once basketball finally came to a conclusion.

In hoops, Patterson compiled a sparkling 24-4 mark and entered the playoffs as the No. 10 seed (of 32 teams).

Skinner and the Lumberbacks won two playoff games before eventually dropping a contest to second-seeded and subsequent state champ Richwood in the quarterfinals.

"I just started playing baseball once hoops ended," said Skinner. "I'm not sure what my batting average was, but my coaches said I had the highest average on the team.

"They batted me in the nine hole, but I liked hitting ninth because I don't think other teams thought I could hit the ball.

"They threw me a lot of fastballs. I hit three home runs with a lot of doubles and triples, and I had a lot of strikeouts when I was pitching."

Patterson is a consistent winner across the board in all the major sports.

In 2010, the Lumberjacks reached the 3A state championship in football where they dropped a narrow (24-20) decision to Parkview Baptist from Baton Rouge.

On a side note, Declouet set up an improbable comeback win in the final moments of the '10 football semifinals vs. West Feliciana.

Patterson forced a late turnover that set up a long TD pass from QB Justice Jones (Texas Southern signee) to Declouet.

The Declouet touchdown cut West Feliciana's lead to 21-20, and current LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (then a four-star senior) bulled forward for the game-winning two-point conversion (and a 22-21 Patterson victory).

Stick with Fox Sports/ as we continue to monitor Skinner's recruitment.

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