KNOXVILLE — Offensive tackle Dan Skipper committed to Tennessee on Tuesday night according to the recruiting websites Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.
Skipper, listed as 6-foot-10, 280 pounds by Rivals.com, will be the tallest player on either the UT football or basketball team when he arrives in 2013.
Basketball center Yemi Makanjuola (6-foot-9) currently holds that title, while four football players — Ja’Wuan James, Tyler Bray, Antonio Richardson and Alan Posey — all measure 6-foot-6.
A native of Colorado, Skipper is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports.com. ESPN.com views Skipper’s unusual size as an asset for an offensive tackle.
“Coupled with his long frame and playing strength, Skipper is able to gain and maintain an advantage when run blocking,” wrote ESPN.com in a scouting report. “He has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position. His frame should easily support added bulk over time. We see good flexibility playing out of a three-point stance.”
Skipper is the 14th commitment in the Vols’ 2013 recruiting class and the third offensive lineman to pledge. Head coach Derek Dooley and his staff are expected to take between four and six offensive linemen in this recruiting class after opting to not take any in the class of 2012.
“It's rare,” Dooley said of the decision to not sign any offensive lineman on national signing day in February. “I don't think this will ever happen again, but what is more rare is that we brought in 11 offensive linemen over the last 24 months, which I don't think anybody has done something like that.“
Skipper chose the Vols over offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Duke Missouri, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State.