Busy Times for Skipper

Dan Skipper

The Ralston Valley (Colo.) offensive lineman, Dan Skipper, took two official visits over the weekend and will have one more visit on tap this coming weekend...

Ralston Valley (Colo.) offensive lineman Dan Skipper made the rounds over the weekend, hitting a pair of schools over a four-day span and one more visit is on the docket for this weekend.

Skipper visited Arkansas from Thursday until Saturday, then flew into Columbus to visit Ohio State, where he was at until Monday morning.

Next weekend, Ole Miss will get the fifth and final visit from the soft verbal to Tennessee.

"It was a good weekend but a busy one," said Skipper. "I got to see two good schools and see the people there."

Skipper started the trip down in SEC country, visiting Arkansas.

"The passion that people have there, and how the coaches are working at making the program better, plus the advantages they have there, that stood out to me," said Skipper. "I spent quite a bit of time with Coach (Bret) Bielema and I liked him a lot. He's got a good personality and he knows the game of football really well."

Skipper was hosted by Travis Swanson on the visit and talked at length with the Arkansas coaches.

"I talked mostly with Coach (Jim) Chaney and Coach (Sam) Pittman and they were the ones really recruiting me to Arkansas," said Skipper.

He also liked what he saw on campus and in Fayetteville.

"The town was great and they give huge fan support and backing," said Skipper. "And as far as the facilities, everywhere I go has nice facilities and Arkansas was no different."

Skipper got into Columbus late Saturday evening, but squeezed a lot in the next two days.

"Ohio State is a big university and it offers a lot of opportunity," said Skipper. "I liked Coach (Ed) Warriner and Coach (Urban) Meyer and got a chance to talk with them a lot. They're both very intense and nothing short of perfection is acceptable there which I liked."

Skipper was hosted by Taylor Decker and Jack Mewhort, but spent a lot of time with fellow Colorado native, Joey O'Connor, a freshman lineman for the Buckeyes.

"I spent quite a bit of time with Joey and that was good because I was able to talk about moving there from Colorado, and the adjustment and we connected really well," said Skipper.

Skipper had visited Michigan earlier this month and will wrap it up with his fifth and final official visit to Ole Miss this weekend.

He visited Tennessee, where he's been committed to, during the football season, prior to Derek Dooley's firing.

"I'm still committed to Tennessee, but we'll address where I'm at with them when it comes to making a decision," said Skipper. "Coach (Butch) Jones is coming in for an in-home this week."

Skipper will also have Ohio State and Arkansas in this week for in-homes.

And Skipper said the five schools he's visiting are the only ones he's considering.

"Those are the five schools," said Skipper. "I'm just trying to make the right decision and doing whatever it takes."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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