Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes offensive tackle Alex Skidmore landed his first scholarship this past weekend. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder landed the offer from the ACC.
"Duke offered him this past weekend when he went down there," Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott said. "Duke had gone back and forth. He had a really good camp this offseason and that raised some eyebrows."
Duke may be the first to pull the trigger, but other schools are looking as Skidmore boasts a 4.0 GPA.
"He's had a couple Division I teams like Wake Forest, Syracuse, Old Dominion and East Carolina look at him and then stuff from Yale and Harvard since he has over a 4.0 and a perfect score on the SAT," he said. "I think more and more people will actually start to look if they take time to look at his senior film. He's a guy that has truly shown in two games this season that he is a late bloomer. He has come out and put the size, strength and athleticism together."
Scott went further on the talent Skidmore has.
"He's the best offensive lineman I've coached so far," he said. "Last year he went against Eli Harold and things really started to click for him after he helped Ocean Lakes win their first beach championship as a heavyweight wrestler against Cox. Since then, his confidence and work ethic have improved.
"He has held his own against guys like Demetri McGill and Derrick Nnadi. They have gotten the better of him at times, but he's held up his end. He's not allowing them to dominate every play.
"We've had good linemen like Josh Mann who was a great guy for us and Chaz Lowery who's in the two-deep at East Carolina. He's not as graceful with his feet as Chaz since he was a basketball player, but he has really blossomed and developed. He's got a slender look at 285-pounds. He's built like a lacrosse guy and could hold 320 or 325. He's also a really strong guy benching over 350-pounds. I think he could play guard or tackle in college."
Skidmore may be the latest pulling a BCS offer, but fellow 2013 recruit, Andre Dessenberg is continuing to make a name for himself.
"He's getting a lot more interest this year," Scott said. "I'm getting text messages and contact. He's got offers from Hampton, Norfolk State and Delaware. Old Dominion has called along with East Carolina, James Madison and Maryland.
"He did really well at Maryland over the summer. He ran a 4.5 and if he continues to have the type of season he has started, he could be one of those guys that all of a sudden has five or six BCS offers. I wouldn't be surprised if it did if he stays healthy."
In two games this season, Dessenberg has posted 12 receptions for 175-yards and five touchdowns including one on a kickoff return.
"In two games, he's only played in about four quarters, but he's doing it all," he said. "He has replaced that productivity we lost with Eli Harold. He's doing it on defense too. In two scrimmages he had six interceptions and four pass breakups."