4-Star TE Prospect Jaleel Skinner Flips Commitment from Alabama to Miami

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 17, 2021

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Tight end prospect Jaleel Skinner announced Friday he will sign with Miami after initially committing to Alabama.

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The 4-star prospect committed to Alabama in October but chose not to sign his letter of intent during Wednesday's start of the early signing period. He has now flipped his commitment, becoming one of the top players in the 2022 class for new head coach Mario Cristobal.

Skinner is considered the third-best tight end in the country, per 247Sports' composite rankings, and the No. 98 player overall.

At 6'5", 210 pounds, Skinner has excellent size for the position with the type of speed that could make him a true mismatch at the higher levels. 

It could represent a significant addition for a Hurricanes squad that finished just 7-5 this season.

This is also a valuable building-block for Cristobal, who was hired as the head coach earlier this month to replace Manny Diaz.

Though Skinner will be just the ninth player signed in the team's 2022 class, eight of those players are 4-star recruits. As Gaby Urrutia of 247Sports noted, Miami's average recruit rating is fifth-best in the country.

It could lead to a quick turnaround for the program as it looks to return to contention in the ACC.