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Monday, November 19, 2012
Dan Skipper talking playoffs, not Vols

By Damon Sayles

Even with the firing of coach Derek Dooley, three-star Tennessee commit Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) isn’t worried about his college plans.

At least not yet.

Skipper, a 6-foot-10, 295-pound offensive tackle and the No. 4 recruit from the state of Colorado, said he is putting all Tennessee discussions in a secondary category for as long as his team is still in the playoffs. Ralston Valley will face Cherokee Trail (Aurora, Colo.) in a Colorado Class 5A state semifinal Saturday afternoon.

Full discussion about Dooley, Skipper’s commitment to the Volunteers and everything else involving life after high school football will resume in roughly two weeks.

“Right now, I’m just trying to finish out the season with my teammates,” Skipper said. “We’re in a semifinal game, and that’s what I’m worried about.”

Offensive line coach Sam Pittman is Skipper’s primary recruiting contact, and the future of the rest of the Tennessee coaching staff is still in question. Skipper, however, did say that he’s still a Tennessee commit as of today, but he is looking to take some visits after the season.

“Right now, I consider myself in the same boat as I’ve always been in,” he said. “It just depends on who they’re going to hire. For next few weeks, I’m not worried about what’s happening in Knoxville. I’ve got other things to worry about right now.”

Skipper, who has a 7-foot-plus wingspan, has outside offers from Arizona State, Missouri, Washington, Duke, Utah and a host of other schools.