Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Skinner at ease with commitment to Arkansas
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER --07/13/12-- University of Arkansas football assistant coach Steve Caldwell speaks to members of the media at the Razorback Club Golf Tournament in Bella Vista on Friday, July 13, 2012.
Attending the LSU game made tight end Deondre Skinner feel more at ease about his commitment to Arkansas.
"It was a real good game," Skinner said. "I enjoyed myself. Overall, things were good. I felt more love than I usually do when I go up there. Every coach recognized me and the fans recognized me and players too."
Skinner, 6-4, 225 pounds, 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash, recently added a scholarship offer Houston and now has approximately nine offers, including one from LSU. He was able to interact with receiver Brandon Mitchell and cornerback Will Hines.
"I'm familiar with the team," said Skinner, who's being recruited by defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell. "I feel more comfortable than I did before."
Skinner, who had 33 receptions for 518 yards and 3 touchdowns this season, pledged to thye Hogs because of the tight end friendly offense. He hopes to see the new coach having the same philosophy.
"I really want him to throw the ball a lot like they've been doing," Skinner said. "I don't want anything to change. I just want a head coach that likes to get the ball to the tight end."
He congratulated quarterback Tyler Wilson on having a great success as a Razorback.
"He asked me if I was coming and I told him I was committed," Skinner said. "He said good luck and have a great time and do what you have to do and ball out."
Skinner also was able to meet hog tight end Chris Gragg and was surprised to learn he came to Arkansas as a receiver and had added about 50 pounds to his frame.
"That surprises me," Skinner said. "Look at how big he is now. They put a lot of weight on him. He's a real, real good tight end."
A new coach with an offense that doesn't utilize the tight end will likely be the only way Skinner switches his pledge.
"I like everything they?re doing right now," Skinner said. "I don?t want anything to change. If nothing changes and they run the same type offense then I'm going to stay with the commitment."