Still, Skinner held out hope. "They were always my top choice because I had been up to the school before and Coach Elrod, my recruiting coordinator, he was awesome," Skinner noted. "He was a really good guy. I like the offense that Wake runs, it's similar to the offense our high school runs now, and I really like the ACC too. Personally, I think it's the best conference in college football right now."
Though Skinner had offers from Samford, Hawaii, and Miami of Ohio, Skinner continued to hold out hope for a Wake Forest offer – and it came through. "I kept talking to [Wake Forest] and [my head] coach said to wait it out and things would open up for me and I did that," Skinner said.
"[Coach Elrod] called Thursday night, gave me the offer, and I talked it over with my parents. I talked to him Friday morning and actually committed. I got a chance to meet with the quarterbacks coach and head recruiting coordinator too, they came down to our school Wednesday and I met with them for an hour and I really liked them. I'm really confident and happy with my decision."
Skinner, who was supposed to be in Winston-Salem for an official visit, did not make the visit due to weather as well as a basketball game on Friday night. He will, however, take a visit to Wake Forest in two weeks for the Demon Deacons' basketball showdown with Florida State.
Skinner led The Bolles School to a state championship in 2004 with a spectacular senior campaign. The gunslinger ended up with a 77% completion percentage, 31 touchdowns, just six interceptions, and over 2,300 yards on the season. Skinner also broke the passing record for yards in a state game with 356 and tied the touchdown record with four before being removed from the game with seven minutes left.