Alabama Misses Out on 4-Star TE to Familiar Face
Jaleel Skinner, four-star prospect and third ranked tight end out of IMG Academy in Florida, according to 247Sports, committed to Miami on Friday despite many expecting the South Carolina native to roll with the Crimson Tide.
Skinner committed to Alabama in October, but a recent visit to Miami along with the hiring of their new head coach appeared to have secured the flip. After firing Manny Diaz following a disappointing 21-15 record, the Hurricanes hired former Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, locking him up with a 10-year, $80 million deal.
A modern tight end, Skinner features a build closer to that of a big-bodied wide receiver, standing at 6-foot-5 210 lbs., but is extremely physical and uses his body effectively to get open. As an almost tight end/receiver hybrid, Skinner is able to use his athleticism effectively to mismatch against would be defenders and make spectacular plays.
Establishing himself as a player to watch early in his high school career, Skinner put up over 500 receiving yards in his freshman and sophomore seasons alone at Greer High School in South Carolina before transferring to IMG for his final season.
In his final year, Skinner earned his four-star ranking and quickly became one of the feature prospects for 2022.
The Hurricanes currently hold the 49th ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports and Skinner could be their biggest pickup yet. Cristobal found a lot of success at Oregon, finishing his three-year stint with 26-8 record and Rose Bowl win; will he be able to continue his success at Miami?