Vanderbilt leads for Virginia lineman

Justin Skule received the offer he was hoping for when he traveled from his home in Clifton, Va., to Nashville to attend the Vanderbilt one-day camp on Thursday, June 12th. The 6-foot-6, 280 pound offensive tackle plays for Centreville, the top-ranked high school in Virginia coming off a Class 6A state championship season in 2013.

"After the camp I was offered by Coach Mason," Justin Skule told "Coach Kevin Lightner said he wanted to offer me, but it was Coach Mason who motioned me over and gave me the offer. He said what impressed him was a combination of athleticism, foot work, and the way I move out of my stance.

"It was a very nice visit. I got to see the entire campus. The offer moves Vanderbilt to the top of my list with their high academics and getting to play SEC football. I enjoyed the coaching staff. I liked working with Coach Lightner a lot. It would be a great place to go to college. We saw a little bit of Nashville. It looks like a lot of fun."

In his first year as a starter on varsity, Skule played left tackle before he broke his foot at the beginning of the season. He was able to come back from injury and help the Wildcats win a state title. Despite missing a significant portion of the season, Skule was named second team All-District.

"The plan is to win state again," he said. "We have 16 returning starters so I think we'll have a good shot. With my recruiting, I'm taking it day-by-day. I'm not in any high rush to make a decision. I have seven offers. They're all good offers and I'm keeping in regular contact with all of them so I think I'm done with the camps for the summer. I'm looking for a place with great academics, a fun campus life, and a good relationship with the coaches."

Skule has offers from UVA, Navy, Harvard, Rutgers, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Vanderbilt. Thus far, Skule has only made campus visits to Vanderbilt and Virginia.

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