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December 27, 2012

Football Recruiting: Dan Skipper, Leon McQuay III

Head coach Brady Hoke and his Michigan football team are in Florida preparing for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against South Carolina. Recruiting, however, continues even while the Wolverines prepare for the Gamecocks.

Five-star safety Leon McQuay III of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood tweeted today that he was in Tampa to watch the Wolverines practice, providing some hope that Michigan is still in the running. McQuay (6-2, 185, Rivals.com's No. 19 player nationally) recently visited USC and also has Vanderbilt and Florida State on his short list, but he did enjoy a solid visit to U-M in early November.

McQuay will announce at the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 4. Vanderbilt has always been a constant, Rivals.com reports, but Michigan is still in the hunt.

"It's his decision. He has taken all of his visits," his father, Leon Jr., said. "Now it's his choice on where he will end up."

Arvada (Colo.) Ralston Valley offensive tackle Dan Skipper, a Tennessee pledge, also enjoyed a recent Michigan visit and is looking around. He told Rivals.com in this video he was still considering the Volunteers with new head coach Butch Jones, but he's looking to take visits to ensure he makes the best decision possible.

"I'm still trying to get to know the Tennessee staff," he said. "I'm looking for a good academic environment. I want a place where I can wake up on a Tuesday morning and still want to be there at school. I'm going into engineering so [academics] are a big deal."

Ohio State and Cal are among the latest to offer the 6-10, 295-pounder, but Ole Miss is the only other visit he has lined up for now, scheduled to trip Jan. 24. Arkansas has made a push, as well, for his final visit, though he still considers himself a Tennessee commitment.

"I've been talking with the coaches over Facebook, calling them quite a bit," he said. "I want to get a feel, get to know them.

"It's been crazy since the last recruiting period opened up, especially with the Tennessee staff getting fired. It kind of opened the floodgates again. I got two offers yesterday. Right now I'm just trying to get things narrowed down so January isn't as crazy as these last three weeks have been."

All-Big Ten lineman Patrick Omameh hosted Skipper on his Michigan visit, though Skipper also hung out with many of the U-M pledges. Several reported via social media sites they were doing their part to get him to join them in Ann Arbor, while Skipper noted he spent plenty of time with Hoke, offensive line coach Darrell Funk and offensive coordinator Al Borges on his trip. He visited the engineering school and left with a good impression.

Next up: the Offense - Defense All American Bowl on Dec. 30, after which he'll continue his search for the right fit in terms of atmosphere on campus, players, coaching staff and academics.

"I'll decide whenever I know it's the right decision," he said.

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