Blown Away

Arvada (CO) Ralston Valley offensive lineman Dan Skipper was the first of Arkansas' 12 official visitors in this weekend and the first to leave when he wrapped things up on Saturday. See what he had to say about his time in Fayetteville.

Arvada (CO) offensive lineman Dan Skipper (6-10, 295) was the first Razorback official recruit in this weekend and left Saturday raving about what he found in Arkansas.

"I was blown away by everything the school had to offer from the academic support part to the athletic program to the passion and support of the fans," Skipper said during a flight layover in Chicago. "It really was something I have never quite experienced before and I can't say enough about about it."

Skipper (6-10, 295) arrived in Arkansas on Thursday and left on Saturday for an official visit to Ohio State that begins Saturday night and lasts through Monday.

He had already visited Tennessee and Michigan before arriving at Arkansas and has plans to visit Ole Miss on Jan. 25-27.

"Those are my five schools," Skipper said. "I am going to take these last two visits and then sit down with my family and make the best choice. I can say that Arkansas has really, really impressed me."

Skipper, who made the trip with his parents, had a previous relationship with current Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and offensive lineman Sam Pittman when both were at Tennessee.

"They are both great guys and I have great relationships with both of them," Skipper said. "They are both great coaches and great people."

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema made a point during the visit that resonated with Skipper, one of two offensive lineman visiting along with Honolulu (HI) St. Louis standout Reeve Koehler (6-3, 330).

Koehler committed to Arkansas on Saturday afternoon.

"Coach Bielema was telling Reeve and I on Friday that the two of us probably have the best relationship with Coach Chaney and Coach Pittman of anybody that would be on the Arkansas team," Skipper said. "He said that we really should take that into consideration and make it a factor in our decision." Skipper, also a standout first baseman in baseball, was given the tour of Arkansas' current facilities and could see what they are building with the new operations center.

"Everybody has great facilities," Skipper said. "It's not about the buildings. It's about the people inside the buildings. That is where Arkansas really has an advantage. There are great people inside their buildings and that is why I am so interested."

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