Miami football tough battle for 2022 top tight end Jaleel Skinner

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The Miami football team faces tough competition after being named one of five finalists for the top tight end in 2022, four-star prospect Jaleel Skinner. Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Texas were the other four finalists named for the 78th ranked prospect in 2022.FSU currently leads with eight crystal balls for Skinner.

The most recently crystal ball for Skinner was logged on Wednesday by Florida 247 Sports insider Blake Alderman. Clemson and Florida each hold one crystal ball for Skinner. The Tigers crystal ball was logged in October. The Gators crystal ball for Skinner was projected in February. Skinner took his first official visit to Florida in June.

Skinner also took official visits to the Alabama, Texas and Miami football programs in June with one scheduled for Florida State in September opening weekend when the Seminoles open against Notre Dame. Florida State received an unofficial visit from Skinner on June 1 when recruiting reopened after a 14-month moratorium.

Miami currently has four commits in for 2022. Four-star quarterback Jacurri Brown, three-star wide receiver Landon Ibieta and four-star cornerbacks Chris Graves and Khamauri Rogers have all pledged to Miami for 2022. Having Brown committed should help Miami secure players on offense.

Skinner is a hybrid player listed at both TE and wide receiver on his 247 profile. At 6’5, 210 pounds, Skinner has the length Manny Diaz and his staff recruit for. Miami signed two TEs in the Class of 2021. Four-star Elijah Arroyo is expected to be the primary back to starting TE Will Mallory in 2021.

Three-star TE Khalil Brantley is a playmaker that should outplay his ranking during his Miami career. With Mallory likely leaving for the NFL after the 2021 season, Skinner would have an opportunity to earn playing time as a freshman with Miami. At Clemson and Alabama that is going to be a tougher prospect.

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Florida State and Texas are rebuilding. The Seminoles were 14-20 in the last three seasons. FSU has had two coaching changes in the last four years. Texas hired Steve Sarkisian to succeed Tom Herman as head coach following the 2020 season. Miami is the best combination of stability and opportunity for Skinner.