Skule: Vandy coaches stood out most

Justin Skule, who just received Vanderbilt offer on June 12th, committed to the university on Monday morning. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle plays at Centreville High School in Fairfax County, Va., the Virginia 6A state champion in 2013.

"I told Coach Keven Lightner that I was ready to commit," Skule told "I thought that [Vanderbilt] was the best fit for me all-around in every way possible. The football, the level of academics, the coaching staff has established themselves all over the country at every level. It's just a great place to go. The city of Nashville is fantastic.

"What stood out to me most throughout the process was the coaches. Coach Mason has a terrific staff. The other thing was the fact that I can get my MBA in five years, so if I redshirt my first season then I can earn my degree while I'm still playing football there.

"When I was on campus for camp they took us around and I loved the facilities. One of the players, Kyle Woestmann, came up and talked to my father and I. He was the kind of guy who I could see myself getting along well with and playing beside. He was one of the team captains. I can't wait to go back because my mom is dying to go see it. It was just my Dad and I a couple of weeks ago.

"Coach Lightner was really excited. I was just the second o-line commit he's received and the first at tackle so he was pleased and said he'd let the rest of the staff know. Coach Mason is on vacation with his family so I didn't want to bother him but look forward to speaking with him when he gets back. It's an awesome feeling to be committed and know where I'm going. It's such a relief and to have over with knowing I found the right fit."

Skule chose Vanderbilt over offers from Navy, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Commodores add more bulk to their offensive line. Earlier in June they received their first offensive line commitment from Ean Pheifer of Bentonville, Ark. Top Stories