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Louisiana TE has SEC favorite

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Patterson (La.) tight end Deondre Skinner has been a standout for his team for quite some time and really impressed on the camp circuit last summer. He picked up early offers from Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas A&M.
Since that time, it had been a bit quiet for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior though. However, Skinner recently added another SEC offer to his list.
"I got a new offer from Mississippi State like two weeks ago," Skinner said. "They told my head coach that they were offering me and then two days later they told me they were offering me."
Skinner has never been to Starkville but hopes to change that soon.
"I'm going to their spring game for sure and I should be going to their junior day on March 31," he said. "I don't know, though, because I have a junior day UL that weekend too. I'm probably going to go to UL this weekend though."
Skinner has already attended junior days at a pair of schools this spring and one in particular really stood out to him.
"I've been to Arkansas and LSU," he said. "Those are the two junior days I've been to so far. Arkansas was incredible. Everything went great and I met a lot of coaches there. We had a meeting with the tight end coaches and they showed me the sets that they run so that, if they offer me, I'll know everything by the time I get there."
Skinner did not receive an offer from the Razorbacks while on the trip but he feels like one could come soon.
"They didn't really talk to anybody one-on-one," he said. "They said they weren't offering anybody that day. They were comparing me (former Razorback tight end) D.J. Williams like the whole time I was there though so it looks like there's a strong possibility that I should be getting an offer soon."
In addition, Skinner feels a few more programs could also be on the verge of extending offers.
"Houston and Purdue, they both could end up offering me," he said. "LSU should be offering me soon. Those are the main ones right now."
As far as early favorites, it seems the Razorbacks made a big impression on him.
"My top school right now is Arkansas," Skinner said. "I also like UL and LSU a lot too."
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