Jalil Skinner, four-star, tight end and 74th player in 2022 class, announced his engagement in Alabama Friday afternoon live on CBS Sports HQ. Skinner, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, chose Crimson Tide from a group of finalists including Texas, Florida State, Clemson State and Florida.
“The deciding factor for me – my family and I seriously thought – we loved the coaches, we loved Nick Saban and his family. They always pushed me to be the best… just talking to her about life was great, ”Skinner said before adding. “It was a very straightforward decision… no one has been cut yet.”
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Ranks 10th among the best players in Florida, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Andrew Ivins of 247 Sports provided this exploratory report on Skinner:
Evins wrote: “A legitimate 6ft 5in tall model with a slender build. A wingspan of over 80 inches. “One of the most unique skill players in the 2022 class due to its long frame. He has spent most of his widely divided prep career as an oversized receiver. However, he is viewed by most college staff as a flexible and tight end to the next level. Exceptional fishing radius. Uses long strides to navigate the terrain Uses soft blanket consistently Not the most physical of possibilities, but relatively competitive after the hunt.
“The background of the track helped increase the speed in a straight line. Entry-level spirit at this point in its development, which is almost to be expected for someone on the leaner side. He will obviously have to step up his efforts as he weighed less than 225 pounds in the spring before graduation season. He also needs to improve his attacking the ball in the air and can become more agile with his movement patterns. It is by no means a refined product, but has a very high cap considering its physical stature. Should eventually contribute to a top 25 impact program in the passing game once he matures Body. The NFL is bullish.
Skinner transferred to IMG from Greer High School in South Carolina. He has made official visits to Florida, Alabama, Texas, Miami and the State of Florida since his enlistment ended on June 1. He is the 16th player to join the Nick Saban coaching program during the current hiring cycle.