Three-Star Magnolia Defender To Visit Auburn

Deontae Skinner speaks with Inside the Auburn Tigers about his official visits and his commitment to Mississippi State.

Macon, Miss.—Deontae Skinner, a 6-2, 230-pound defender from Noxubee County High has been a Mississippi State commitment since mid-July. After a visit to Southern Miss last weekend, Skinner has decided to take another official to Auburn coming up on Friday.

"I'm just making sure it's the right fit for me," Skinner says of MSU.

Skinner has been in touch with Auburn off the field assistant Phillip Lolley since the first week of January.

"He's just really telling me that he'd love to have me," Skinner notes. "He's been saying it's a great school and he thinks I'd be a perfect fit for Auburn."

Skinner plans on arriving at Auburn on Friday with his aunt. "I'm just finding out if it's right for me and if I belong there, things like that," he says. "I know that they have a winning tradition. I just know about their winning. I've heard that it's a great school to go to and I'm just waiting to find out for myself after I take visit."

Skinner does not hold an offer from Auburn, but he does have offers from three in-state schools–Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Ole Miss.

He says that his visit to Hattiesburg last weekend was good.

"It went pretty well," Skinner states. "I liked the campus and the coaching staff was very friendly. It was easy for me to get along with them."

Skinner was thinking about a visit to Ole Miss before signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 4, but probably won't have that opportunity.

"I'm going to Mississippi State next weekend," he explains. "I don't know (about Ole Miss). I'll have to find out and see, but I don't know right now."

Asked if he was still committed to the Bulldogs and Dan Mullen's new staff, Skinner responded, "Yes sir, I'm a commitment.

"(To switch) I'd have to be really impressed with the school and just feel like it's the place to go," he adds. "I'd have to feel like it's the best for me."

Skinner says he's undecided on a field of study, but is thinking about majoring in education.

He is being recruited as both a defensive end and linebacker at the college level, and boasted impressive numbers as a senior at end in 2008.

"I had 134 tackles and 11 sacks and I had 28 tackles for a loss," Skinner notes.

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