Skule bonds with the o-line on visit

Centreville (Clifton, Va.) offensive lineman Justin Skule, who committed to play football at Vanderbilt on June 30th of last year, took his official visit to the Nashville campus over the weekend.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder wowed the coaches at one of the school's prospects camps this summer which led to his offer and subsequent commitment. He's never wavered on the pledge despite an impressive offer list from also had offers from Harvard, Navy, Rutgers, Virginia and West Virginia.

"It was an awesome time we had," Justin Skule said to VandyMania.com on his visit. "It gave me the chance to meet the other linemen I'll be playing with. Bailey Granier, was my player-host and he introduced to everybody. The whole weekend was a blast. We went to ride go-karts which was a lot of fun. Met a lot of the guys on the team and other recruits that were here, but spent most of my weekend with the offensive line guys. They're an awesome, fun group of guys to be around.

Skule, who will play offensive tackle in college, said that after he made his commitment to Vanderbilt, he never looked back.

"I didn't have any real questions about Vanderbilt," he said. "The reasons I committed are still there, like playing SEC football, the high level of academics, and the great guys on the coaching staff. If anything the official visit just made me even more happy about the decision I made. I'm excited about (new offensive coordinator) Andy Ludwig. I think he'll put points on the board. Coach (Keven) Lightner brings a lot to the table in his ability to coach the line. I can't wait to get started working with him. I'm very eager to get to campus next summer with this signing class and get started on winning a championship."

In Skule's junior season Centreville, he helped the Wildcats win the Virginia 6A state title. One reason for his early commitment was to increase his focus on winning another one as a senior, and came close, but Centreville lost in overtime, 30-24, to Ocean Lakes in the state championship game played at the University of Virginia. He was named first team all-conference, all-region, all-state, and all-metro for his senior season. Now his athletic focus shifts fully to Vanderbilt.

"It was a really good season with the exception of losing that last game," said Skule. "We'll have a couple of guys in this year's class sign with me on Signing Day and have a ceremony at the high school that day. I'll plan to working hard this spring, gearing up, getting ready to play for the Commodores."

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