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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Nine offers for tall OL Dan Skipper

By Damon Sayles

At 6-foot-10 and 280 pounds, Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) is a wanted individual. His size and length alone make him an intriguing candidate for a BCS offensive tackle.

Skipper currently holds nine offers and is receiving interest from several other high-major programs. Colorado was his first offer picked up the beginning of February. Since then, he has received offers from Colorado State, Vanderbilt, Duke, Arizona State, Utah, Oregon State, Wyoming and Missouri.

“This is definitely different from what I’m used to. It’s very exciting,” Skipper said of the extra attention via the recruiting process. “Everything kind of hits at once, and it’s different from anything I’ve ever done. It’s just great knowing that my parents won’t have to pay for college.”

Skipper said all of his offers are viewed in the same light, and there are no favorites at this point. He has been to Oklahoma and Colorado State for junior day appearances, and he’s planning to visit Arizona State next week during his spring break.

In addition to his offers, Skipper has received interest from Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon and Notre Dame. Skipper said his final choice will involve a healthy balance of football tradition and academic reputation.

“I’d like to go to a place that has great education, something I’ll be able to use outside of college,” said Skipper, who has an interest in science and engineering. “I’d like to go to a place that also has a good football atmosphere. I want to be able to say I played at the best spot for me.

“Right now, I don’t know where I want to go or how they all rank. I’m just taking it all in.”