Alabama soccer recruiting: Jaleel Skinner, No. 1 TE in 2022 class, commits to Crimson Tide on CBS Sports activities HQ

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4-star tight finish Jaleel Skinner, the highest tight finish and No. 74 general participant within the Class of 2022, introduced his dedication to Alabama on Friday afternoon reside on CBS Sports activities HQ. Skinner, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, selected the Crimson Tide over a bunch of finalists that included Texas, Florida State, Clemson and Florida. 

“The deciding issue for me — me and my household we thought actual exhausting — we beloved the coaches, we beloved Nick Saban and his household. They at all times pushed me to be one of the best … simply getting to speak to him about life was nice” Skinner stated earlier than including. “It was a really shut resolution … no one’s lower off but.” 

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, is the Tenth-best participant within the state of Florida, in accordance with 247Sports Composite rankings. 

Andrew Ivins of 247Sports offered this scouting report on Skinner: 

“A legit 6-foot-5 with a slender construct. Wingspan stretches properly over 80 inches,” Ivins wrote. “One of many extra distinctive ability gamers within the class of 2022 given his prolonged body. Has spent the vast majority of prep profession cut up out extensive as a jumbo extensive receiver. Considered by most school staffs, nevertheless, as a flex tight finish on the subsequent degree. Extraordinary catch radius. Makes use of lengthy stride to work his method down the sphere. Takes benefit of soppy protection on a constant foundation. Is not essentially the most bodily of prospects, however is comparatively aggressive after the catch.

“Monitor background helped foster some straight-line pace. Entry-level blocker at this stage in his growth, which is nearly anticipated for somebody on the leaner aspect. Will clearly have to bulk up as he was underneath 225 kilos the spring earlier than senior season. Additionally must get higher at attacking the ball within the air and will get extra fluid together with his motion patterns. Under no circumstances a sophisticated product, however has a particularly excessive ceiling given bodily stature. Ought to ultimately contribute for a High 25 program and make an impression within the passing sport as soon as physique matures. NFL upside.”

Skinner transferred to IMG from Greer Excessive Faculty in South Carolina. He made official visits to Florida, Alabama, Texas, Miami and Florida State because the recruiting useless interval ended on June 1. He’s the sixteenth participant to commit to teach Nick Saban’s program through the present recruiting cycle.