There were several outstanding playmakers on their team, but none
made a bigger impact on their defense than their defensive end.
finished the season with 122 tackles and 6 sacks He was named All-Region for his
"I am a great pass rusher," added Deontae Skinner. "But
I can also stop the runner too."
Being an all around player is every
recruit's goal, but Skinner has a very simple goal for his senior season.
just want to have another great season, win a state championship, and go to college.
I do not look at numbers or anything like that. I just look at wins."
a team player might not have been in the cards until his coaches and Aunt installed
that winning attitude in Deontae as a youngster.
"They have done so
much for me. They changed my life in a lot of ways. They taught me to take everything
serious. I was going down the wrong path before they got a hold of me. I owe everything
to my aunt and coaches."
The 6' 2", 230 pound defensive end received
his first scholarship offer from Mississippi State in early February and got his
second one yesterday.
"Coach (Derrick) Nix from Ole Miss called and
told me that they had an offer for me. He said he just wanted to know when I was
going to come up there. He saw me on film and liked me."
not that familiar with Ole Miss but does know one thing.
"I just like
their team. They always have a positive mindset about winning. They just want
Skinner has had a chance to visit the MSU on several occasions
as it is just down the road.
"I went to their Jr Day last Saturday.
They have a great staff, and they want to win like Ole Miss too. They have a nice
Where will Skinner head next?
"I am going
to go to Ole Miss Jr Day in April (13th) with Pat Patterson and some coaches."
"I do not know yet. I just want to go anywhere I can get
to, where ever I am accepted. I have only been to one campus in my life, and that
is to MSU, so I want to get around to as many as I can."
would Deontae like to visit?
"I would like to go check out Florida State. I like their team. I always liked FSU since I was a kid. That is really
where I want to go. And I like Tennessee too. I just like their school. They have
a great school. I have studied them on the internet, and they have a lot of great
things going on at Tennessee. I like their team too. And Arkansas, I have studied
them on the Internet a lot too. I just like the way they play ball, and I like
all the things they have to offer. Those are pretty much the schools I am interested
in right now but I am wide open."