Ralston Valley High School
6’10 295 Lbs. (per Rivals.com)
Rivals: 3 star #67 position
Scout: 3 star #52 position
ESPN: 3 star #53 position
Other notable offers: Tennessee (committed), Michigan (scheduled visit), Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, and Vanderbilt
2013 depth at offensive tackle: Daronte Douldin (Commit), Brandon Hill (Commit), Davion Johnson (Commit), Robert Conyers (Fr.), Jared Duke (Sr.), Pierce Burton (Sr.), Emmanuel McCray (Sr.)
Scouting report: His coach praises his ability to take on blitzing outside linebackers, his older brother describes his blocking style as “an eclipse”, and ESPN describes him as “a tough customer”. Obviously when you are the size of Skipper, you have the ability to stay in front of your opponent well with your long arms and broad shoulders. His height makes it impossible for him to be switched over to guard, but he is a potential game-changing tackle. He’s a great pass protector and can make blocks on the outside, but will need to spend more time in the weight room if he wants to be an elite run blocker. Calling him polished would be a stretch, but saying he’s simply raw potential is criminal, he’s a potential three year starter in the right system.
Likelihood of signing with Ole Miss: He has been committed to the Vols since early this summer, but the firing of Derek Dooley changed his verbal commitment status from “solid” to “soft”. Michigan offered recently and with a great engineering program (Skipper’s anticipated major), a winning tradition, and the reputation of churning out offensive linemen, appear to be in good position. As of now, only Michigan and Ole Miss have received word of scheduled visits with Michigan’s coming this weekend according to Scout. Distance from home does not seem to matter, and Matt Luke visited Skipper while he was out in Colorado visiting tight end Mitchell Parsons. While his Tennessee commitment is not strong, he has not decommitted, and Michigan is very much a player, I give Ole Miss a 15 percent chance of landing Skipper.
Rankings thus far:
19. Dan Skipper
20. Duke Riley