Skipper Worrying About State Title

The Ralston Valley (Colo.) offensive tackle and Tennessee commit, Dan Skipper, said his team is his focus right now, not any discussion coming out of Knoxville...

Ralston Valley (Colo.) offensive lineman Dan Skipper (6-10, 290), committed to Tennessee in June, but with all the talk about head coach Derek Dooley's job, Skipper has been the focus of a number of schools.

Still, Skipper said little has changed.

"I touched base with the coaches about two weeks ago, and let them know I'm still solid to them," said Skipper. "Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about it, but Tennessee right now is where I want to go and I'm pretty set on Tennessee."

Stanford came by the school and watched his first round playoff game, but Skipper said it's hard to pass up the opportunity to play in Knoxville.

"The one thing that the SEC has over any other conference is that they're so passionate about their football," said Skipper. "I went down there for my visit and just loved it there."

Part of the reason Skipper made an early decision was to avoid any distractions during his senior year. And Ralston Valley is in the state semifinals.

"My number one focus was my team and it still is," said Skipper. "At the end of last semester, when everything was coming and recruiting was picking up, I wanted to make a decision, which would be huge for me this year. We'll see how it plays out at Tennessee, but right now, I'm worried about playing football with all of my teammates."

Skipper visited Tennessee officially when Akron came to town, and it made him eager to get started with college.

"It was a little of both, wanting to get there and be on to bigger things, but I definitely want to win a state championship right now, that's the number one thing," said Skipper.

Ralston Valley will play Arvada (Colo.) Pomona on Friday.

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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