Jaleel Skinner, nation’s No. 1-ranked TE, transfers into IMG Academy


It’s official. Jaleel Skinner will play his senior season at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy. Skinner’s father and a school official confirmed on Monday that the 247Sports Composite’s No. 1-ranked tight end in the class of 2022 has transferred into the football factory and is on campus for the start of preseason practices.

Skinner began his prep career at Greer (S.C.) where he got snaps at wide receiver, tight end and cornerback. His play as a sophomore and junior earned him over two dozen scholarship offers from schools around the country.

While Skinner has tried to not tip his cap as to which way he’s leaning, he recently released a “final five” that included FSU, Texas, Alabama, Miami and Clemson. That top group of schools came after Skinner spent time last month in Austin, Tuscaloosa and Coral Gables on official visits. The Seminoles, which are the current 247Sports’ Crystal Ball leader for Skinner, are set to host Skinner for an official visit the weekend of Sept. 5 when they take on Notre Dame.

IMG Academy went 8-0 in 2020 and finished ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25. Skinner will now catch passes this fall from FSU Top247 quarterback commit AJ Duffy, who also decided to spend his senior season in the Sunshine State. Other high-profile prospects on IMG Academy’s roster include: Alabama Top247 offensive line commit Tyler Booker, Clemson Top247 cornerback commit Daylen Everette, Clemson Top247 safety commit Keon Sabb, Penn State Top247 running back commit Kaytron Allen, Clemson Top247 edge rusher commit Jihaad Campbell and Penn State Top247 offensive line commit Drew Shelton.

The 247Sports evaluation for Skinner can be found below.

A legit 6-foot-5 with a slender build. Wingspan stretches well over 80 inches. One of the more unique skill players in the class of 2022 given lengthy frame. Has spent majority of prep career split out wide as a jumbo wide receiver. Viewed by most college staffs, however, as a flex tight end at the next level. Extraordinary catch radius. Uses long stride to work his way down the field. Takes advantage of soft coverage on a consistent basis. Isn’t the most physical of prospects, but is relatively competitive after the catch. Track background helped foster some straight-line speed. Entry-level blocker at this stage in his development, which is almost expected for someone on the leaner side. Will obviously need to bulk up as he was under 225 pounds the spring before senior season. Also needs to get better at attacking the ball in the air and could get more fluid with his movement patterns. In no way a polished product, but has an extremely high ceiling given physical stature. Should eventually contribute for a Top 25 program and make an impact in the passing game once body matures. NFL upside.

IMG Academy is set to travel to Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage on Aug. 20 to face Florida’s defending 5A state champions in preseason action. The Acenders’ regular season schedule includes games against Baltimore St. Frances Academy, Miami Northwestern and Cincinnati La Salle.

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