Although he's yet to make a huge splash on the national recruiting scene, ATH Mychal Skinner from Kiski Area High School in Vandergrift, Pa is definitely one of those sleeper prospects that could become a major target later in the year.
The rising senior only played in three games last year due to an ankle injury abut he'll be looking for a full season in 2005 in the hopes of impressing the college scouts and coming away with his first scholarship offer.
Skinner has played all over the field but will most likely line up as QB in 2005. However, most schools likely project him as an athlete and for good reason. At the Nike Camp held at Penn State earlier this year, Skinner measured in at 6-2, 212 pounds and ran a solid 4.65-second 40-yard dash. Those numbers could get him a look as a potential LB on the next level. Whatever the position, Skinner says he simply wants to be on the field.
"I got a lot of playing time my sophomore year as a wide receiver but they moved me to quarterback last year," said Skinner. "I also got some time at safety so a lot of schools have been recruiting me as a safety or an athlete but, really, the position doesn't matter to me."
In an abbreviated schedule last year, Skinner threw for roughly 500 yards and three touchdowns. Although the key word here may be potential, Skinner has already garnered some impressive recruiting attention. So far, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Connecticut, Penn State, Michigan State, NC State, Akron and Toledo are showing the most interest.
"I'd say my top schools are Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Connecticut, Michigan State, Akron and NC State," said Skinner. "Right now, getting that first offer is my big goal. I mean, that would take a lot of pressure off and let me go out and play my senior season without putting so much pressure on myself to just go out there trying to do everything."
Skinner talked further about his recruiting coach, Curt Cignetti, and his thoughts on NC State.
"Coach Cignetti stopped by the school and we've talked a couple of times," he said. "He was just telling me that he really liked me and he thought I had good athletic ability and he really seemed interested.
"NC State is one of those schools that I definitely have a lot of interest in. They play in the ACC and I've always wanted to play in the ACC. They have a good program and do a good job of developing their players. I know Philip Rivers was down there and I really liked him."