Ohio State is returning four starters along the offensive line for the 2013 football season. However, all four, Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley, Andrew Norwell, and Marcus Hall, are set to graduate after next year, leaving the Buckeyes with many holes to fill along the unit.
The Bucks have already scored commitments from two 2013 offensive line prospects in Centerville's (OH) OT Evan Lisle and Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central's OG Timothy Gardner.
Urban Meyer and his staff would love to add a third name to that group and one of the top remaining offensive line targets in the class is Arvada (CO) Ralston Valley Senior OT Dan Skipper.
The massive 6-10/290 lineman and current Tennessee commit received an offer from Meyer near the end of December. Despite his commitment to the Vols, Skipper started looking at other schools after Derek Dooley was fired from Rocky Top.
One of those schools was Ohio State, and Skipper arrived in Columbus this past Saturday for his OSU official visit. His stay extended through Monday of the holiday weekend and the trip went as well as could possibly be planned by the staff.
We caught up with Skipper to get the scoop on his visit to Columbus, find out when he would like to make his college decision, see what schools are still in the mix, and more.
Keep reading to hear the latest on 2013 Ohio State offensive tackle target, Dan Skipper.
You took your official to Ohio State this past weekend. How did your visit go?
It was a really fun visit. I saw the facilities, which were really nice. I also got to sit down and spend quality time with Coach Meyer and some of the other coaches.
Did Ohio State improve their chances of getting your commitment over the visit?
They definitely did. They showed me they have a great football program that has a very bright future.
What did the coaches tell you on your visit?
They told me their school has a lot to offer me if I decide to go there. They also talked to me about the bright future of their program. They went 12-0 last year and there's no accepting anything other than perfection at Ohio State.
How much contact have you had with OSU since they offered?
There has been quite a lot of contact recently. I talked to Coach Meyer a lot and Coach Warinner has been out to my school every week. I also had dinner with Coach Meyer on my visit.
Which players/recruits did you hang out with on your visit?
I was the only recruit on campus over the weekend. I hung out with my hosts, Jack Mewhort and Taylor Decker. I also hung out with Joey O'Connor, William Houston, and a couple of defensive linemen.
Which schools are you still considering? When would you like to make a decision?
I'm still considering the same five schools: Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. I'm visiting Ole Miss next weekend, then I'll decide when I feel ready.
What are the biggest factors in your decision?
Really just making sure the school I choose is the right place to make my next home. Distance from home (Colorado) will not impact my decision.