Central Regional offensive lineman Adam Skidmore has verbally committed to Tulane after also receiving an offer from Central Florida, according to Central coach Vinnie Casale. Tulane is making some inroads into this area, as they also have offered Barnegat tight end Jarrett Darmstatter and Bengals’ junior quarterback Nick San Giacomo. Skidmore is 6-6 and 280 pounds, so he has a body that projects well at the next level despite being under the radar in this area. He is the third senior from the Class of 2010 to verbally commit as Raritan’s Bennett Jackson (Notre Dame) and Manasquan’s Dan Sullivan (Monmouth University) have also made their choices.
“He’s improved tremendously in the weight room,” Casale said about Skidmore. “He played for us last year at 230, he’s put on 50 pounds, improved his speed and he has great grades. He’s really worked hard. Academics were a big part of him going to Tulane.”
Casale said Skidmore wanted to get his commitment handled before the season started. Skidmore also paid an unofficial visit to Boston College, but the Eagles wanted to see film from Central’s season opener against Wall this year before they made an offer. However, Skidmore fell in love with Tulane when he made a visit there and committed.
Interesting side story for the whole thing, it was a twist of fate that led Tulane to find Skidmore, whom Casale, who is also the school’s athletic director and has been at Central for 20 years, believes may be the first Division I-A football recruit in Central’s program history (Turns out Skidmore is actually the first Division I-A Central player in 37 years, which is explained in this post). Tulane came up to see Darmstatter, who it is going hard after, and Barnegat head coach Rob Davis, who Casale coached at Southern in the 1980s, told the Tulane coaches to go take a look at this kid from Central who was not on their radar. They traveled over to Central, got a look at Skidmore, and the rest is history. Skidmore also gets three tickets to every game to give out, so there may be a nice little getaway to New Orleans in Casale’s future.