Patterson (La.) High School is loaded with talent in its class of 2012, including the likes of Florida linebacker commit Lorenzo Phillips, Vanderbilt wide receiver commit Jaydrick Declouet and Houston cornerback commit Trevon Stewart. However, one of the team's juniors is also gaining plenty of attention.
Tight end Deondre Skinner has been a standout since his freshman season. This past spring the 6-foot-3, 212-pound prospect picked up an offer from Texas A&M. Since that time he has turned his focus away from the recruiting process a bit.
"I haven't really talked to anybody too much lately," Skinner said on Sunday evening. "I still have the one offer from (Texas) A&M.
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"I didn't get to go down to A&M (this summer). I had a 7-on-7 football thing so I didn't get to go. I was mostly doing high school football stuff all summer. I've been working out and doing 7-on-7 stuff. The only thing I did was go to the Arkansas camp."
Skinner was able to spend a good amount of time in Fayetteville and enjoyed his experience.
"The only thing I really did was go to Arkansas' camp," he said. "That was about it. It went well - it was a three-day camp and I did all three days. It was fun for sure. I liked it. They didn't really say anything about an offer just yet though."
This past weekend Skinner made the short drive to a local campus for an unofficial visit.
"Yesterday I went to UL-Lafayette," he said. "I went to their scrimmage and I talked to the coaches and everything. They asked me for my highlight tape and I have to send that off to them so they can see how I stand for an offer and everything."
Skinner plans to attend games at a couple of in-state schools this fall.
"I know for sure I'm going to the UL game when they play Nicholls," he said. "I might be going to a couple of LSU games too."
The standout junior says a trio of schools sits atop his list in this early stage of his recruitment.
"So far, it's still Texas A&M," Skinner said. "It's A&M, Oregon and Alabama. Those are the three schools I like the most. I've been getting letters from Oregon lately but I haven't really talked to Alabama since my freshman year. Texas A&M, that's the only school I talk to a bunch."