Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
Hogs land highly recruited offensive lineman
Sam Pittman talks with Tennessee offensive lineman Zach Fulton during a game against Akron at Neyland Stadium.
Offensive lineman Dan Skipper, 6-10, 295, 4.97 of Arvada, (Colo.) Ralston Valley has orally committed to Arkansas. He chose the Hogs over Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State and Ole Miss.
Skipper, who's rated a four-star prospect by Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network, said he felt at home at Arkansas when he visited Fayetteville Jan. 17-19 with his parents.
He said the coaching and academic staff along with the people campus had a passion and a love of football.
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His relationship with offensive line coach Sam Pittman and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney played a big role since he knew them from Tennessee. Coach Bret Bielema's track record with offensive linemen at Wisconsin also helped the Hogs.
His player-host, center Travis Swanson, and the other offensive linemen impressed him with their friendships with non-football players.
Skipper's parents, Ken and Brigid, traveled with him on his five official visits and were equally impressed with Arkansas.
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