Skinner's Hold Out Pays Off

6', 195-pound quarterback Riley Skinner had heard from the Demon Deacons all season long. Though the Deacs continued to show interest in The Bolles School (Fla.) gunslinger, no offer had come through from the Deacons. That all changed this past Friday when the Wake Forest coaching staff offered him a full scholarship to Wake Forest University.

"I guess I had been talking to them all season," Riley Skinner said. "I didn't really know how that was going to end up during the year from what it was looking like. I knew they signed a quarterback earlier this summer."

Still, Skinner held out hope. "They were always my top choice because I had been up to the school before and Coach Elrod, my recruiting coordinator, he was awesome," Skinner noted. "He was a really good guy. I like the offense that Wake runs, it's similar to the offense our high school runs now, and I really like the ACC too. Personally, I think it's the best conference in college football right now."

Though Skinner had offers from Samford, Hawaii, and Miami of Ohio, Skinner continued to hold out hope for a Wake Forest offer – and it came through. "I kept talking to [Wake Forest] and [my head] coach said to wait it out and things would open up for me and I did that," Skinner said.

"[Coach Elrod] called Thursday night, gave me the offer, and I talked it over with my parents. I talked to him Friday morning and actually committed. I got a chance to meet with the quarterbacks coach and head recruiting coordinator too, they came down to our school Wednesday and I met with them for an hour and I really liked them. I'm really confident and happy with my decision."

Skinner, who was supposed to be in Winston-Salem for an official visit, did not make the visit due to weather as well as a basketball game on Friday night. He will, however, take a visit to Wake Forest in two weeks for the Demon Deacons' basketball showdown with Florida State.

Skinner led The Bolles School to a state championship in 2004 with a spectacular senior campaign. The gunslinger ended up with a 77% completion percentage, 31 touchdowns, just six interceptions, and over 2,300 yards on the season. Skinner also broke the passing record for yards in a state game with 356 and tied the touchdown record with four before being removed from the game with seven minutes left.

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