Defensive lineman David Sklar created a buzz for himself at the Nike Combine at College State, Texas. Can he follow up on that with a few Spring offers?
The one tricky part for Sklar (6-3, 255) is that he plays for a small private school in the Southwest Prepatory Conference, which puts out very few Division I prospects. In fact, St. John's coach Steve Gleaves couldn't remember the last Division I player to come out of his school.
Sklar could break the streak. The fifth-degree black belt is big and athletic enough to dominate his private school league and get noticed. His first step was to get noticed at the Nike Camp.
"Last year I was just happy to be at the camp," he said. "I was intimidated because I didn't think I belonged. This year I fit in and I wanted to prove myself. I thought I did that."
Sklar will have more chances to prove himself on a camp and combine circuit this summer. He is attending camps at Michigan and Yale, as well as local combines at the University of Houston.
"On the private school level you have to be dominate to make and impression," he said. "Whether it be at a camp or during the season. I plan on doing that."
He is receiving significant mail and lists Rice, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Michigan and Alabama as some of his favorites.
"He's just a tremendous athlete with great feet." Gleaves said. "He has great feet a good motor and gets great leverage. He is an all-conference wrestler for us and was an AAU National Champion in karate. He's talented."