Skipper's visit makes him a Hog

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Offensive lineman Dan Skipper, an Arkansas signee, was inducted into his school's Hall of Fame.
Offensive lineman Dan Skipper, an Arkansas signee, was inducted into his school's Hall of Fame.

Sometime during his official visit to Arkansas on Jan. 17-19, offensive lineman Dan Skipper had a pretty good idea he would eventually end up making a commitment to the Hogs.

Skipper, 6-10, 295, 4.97 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Arvada, (Colo.) Ralston Valley pledged to the Razorbacks on Monday. He officially visited Tennessee, and Michigan before making his way to Arkansas and then tripped to Ohio State and Ole Miss

"It was on the visit," Skipper said. "I couldn't really point out a specific time. I knew one day I was going to bed and I knew it was the right place for me. I just had really make sure and continue my visits to be sure."

All SEC center Travis Swanson hosted Skipper and introduced him to the other offensive linemen. He also was able to hang out with another future teammate, Honolulu St. Louis high school offensive lineman Reeve Koehler, who committed to Arkansas on Jan. 19.

"I really liked the group that was there," Skipper said. "As well as the group coming in. Reeve Koehler, I've met him a few times and I've liked him every time."

Offensive line coach Sam Pittman and offensive coordinator and quarterback Jim Chaney had a previous relationship with Skipper when he committed to Tennessee last summer. Coach Bret Bielema made Skipper feel at ease while on his visit.

"He's bring a Big Ten attitude down to the SEC and they're really trying to be a powerhouse," Skipper said. "I think Arkansas is the place to do that."

His parents, Ken and Brigid traveled with him on the five official visits. They were sold on Arkansas' academic support system and Skipper's desire major, engineering.

"They loved the passion they had off the field as well as on the field," Skipper said. "It wasn't the beat around the bush sort of deal. I'll have my opportunity to get my degree. I think that speaks volumes on that. They have football players in engineering and they know what it takes and the struggles that come with that."

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