Deondre Skinner update

Patterson (LA) High School class of 2013 tight end Deondre Skinner, an Arkansas commitment, talks about his experience at the Mississippi State camp.

  • Name: Deondre Skinner
  • Classification: 2013
  • High School: Patterson (LA) High School
  • Position: TE
  • HT: 6-foot-3.5, WT: 225
  • Ranking: 3-Star
  • Schools Of Interest: Committed to Arkansas. He is still receiving interest from several other schools.

  • Skinner is committed to Arkansas but is looking at a few other colleges that are still recruiting him just to make sure he is 100% sure of his Arkansas commitment.

    "I am committed to Arkansas but I am still open," said Skinner. "I'm going to take my visits and go to camps. If I like something better, then I might change my mind."

    Mississippi State is one of those schools. Skinner camped at MSU Wednesday.

    "I wanted to come see for myself what Mississippi State is about," said Skinner. "I talked to (recruiting) Coach (Greg) Knox and the tight ends coach (Scott Sallach) and I came out here to show the head coach (Dan Mullen) what I have.

    "They saw that I caught the ball well, had good hands, ran routes well and blocked well. Every time I ran the route well the head coach was like, 'good job, good job'. I think I showed them what I can do."

    The MSU coaches also saw first-hand his speed and explosiveness in the forty-yard dash and vertical jump.

    "I ran a 4.65 which is good for my size and my vertical was 31, which is the best that I have ever done," said Skinner. "I think I improved on a couple of things that I needed to improve on."

    Mississippi State is one of three other schools he is considering.

    "I am still considering Mississippi State and Southern Miss. And it depends on what LSU does," said the Arkansas commitment. "If they start throwing the ball more, then I might consider them."

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