Wednesday, December 19, 2012
OL Dan Skipper talks Michigan visit
By Tom VanHaaren
Michigan hosted two offensive linemen committed elsewhere on Friday with Nebraska commit Dan Samuelson (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) and Tennessee commit Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley). Samuelson recently tweeted that he's stressed from the process and doesn't know what to do, while Skipper is finally speaking about his trip to Michigan.
"Michigan has a very good recruiting class, and I really like Coach [Darrell] Funk, so it felt like a good place to visit," he said. "I asked about the role that I would play at Michigan and what they saw if I did go there. I was gauging their interest in me and seeing if I would like it."
Skipper was on the visit with the majority of Michigan's 2013 commitments, which gave him a good look at the type of player Michigan has been recruiting. It was also an aspect of the program he was pleasantly surprised by.
"I got along really well with [the commitments]. They're a really close group and being able to meet those guys was a part of the decision," he said. "There weren't a lot of egos when I was hanging out with the commitments. They were all team first and it's not like that at some of the other places."
That no-ego mentality also spilled over from the coaching staff and was something that Skipper took note of. He liked how there was no sense of entitlement and that coach Brady Hoke holds everyone on his team accountable.
The 6-foot-10, 290-pound lineman was also on the trip with fellow Colorado native and Michigan commit Chris Fox. The two know each other but only in passing so it gave Skipper a chance to pick Fox's brain on why he chose Michigan.
"I got to know [Fox] a little better on the trip. I was asking him why he picked Michigan and all the things that Michigan had that he was interested in," he said. "He said it's not just in-state kids, there's a reason that he committed there and talked about what he liked."
Skipper still considers himself a Tennessee commitment and is hoping to get to know the new Volunteers staff in the very near future. He wants to develop a relationship with the new staff and figure out if Tennessee is still where he needs to be.
"Right now I'm trying to make the best decision, and trying to look at all sides. Tennessee still has a lot of things going for it," he said. "I've been so busy with finals right now that I basically turned my phone off, so I'm going to catch up with everything."
Skipper also plans on taking official visits to Arkansas and Ole Miss, and is still figuring out where to take his final official visit before ultimately coming to a decision.