Oxford’s Skidmore relished All-Star experience

Published 9:13 am Monday, December 12, 2016

It is difficult for offensive linemen to get noticed in the recruiting process. Most scouts and college coaches look at the flashier positions such as quarterback, running back and wide receivers.

That is not deterring Oxford center Colton Skidmore.

The senior Charger spent the past week in Montgomery, Alabama with some of the state’s top talent as he competed in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game. He was the lone representative of the Oxford-Lafayette community after Lafayette’s Tyler Carmichael-Williams chose not to attend after last week’s state championship  victory. It was an experience that capped Skidmore’s final year at Oxford.

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“It was by far an awesome experience,” Skidmore said after the game on Saturday. “It was fun just to be around the guys and play an awesome game of football.”

The week leading up to the game is one filled with practices every day which includes scouts from colleges as well as members of the media out to watch and report on what they saw. Skidmore was not lost on that and knew it was a chance to shine for six more days after having his season cut short in the playoffs last month.

“You just got to go out there and show (what you can do),” Skidmore said. “I don’t like to really think about it. I just like to go out there and play football. All that other stuff will come with it. You just have to go out there and do your thing, and if you can play, you can play and they’re going to see it.”

During the game, Skidmore played nearly every other series as they will rotate out to make sure every player on the respective rosters will get a chance to play. As the center, Skidmore was able to work with top quarterback prospect in St. Stanislaus’ Myles Brennan, albeit it only for a week. He also snapped to Clinton standout Cam Akers as Mississippi worked in some Wildcat offense to utilize all of the 6A Player of the Year’s talents.

“It’s awesome,” Skidmore said after a practice last week. “They’re awesome football players and everything, but they’re even cooler guys to hang out with and be with all week. It’s an awesome opportunity to hang with all the big guys from the state. It’s cool just to be here.”

Skidmore was a key cog in the Chargers’ offensive line and it helped him earn the all-star distinction as well as first-team honors on the All-State team selected by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Voters of awards are not the only ones to have noticed Skidmore’s talent and season as he has received offers from four-year and two-year programs. Junior colleges such as Pearl River Community College and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offered him back in May before his senior season began. Since then, Skidmore has received offers from East Mississippi Community College and Delta State last month.

There is no rush for a decision with Skidmore as he plans to take the full amount of allotted time and choose his school come National Signing Day in February. For now, he just hopes last week paid off enough to earn some more envelopes in his mailbox to add to the pile.

“I’m just going to kind of let it go,” Skidmore said. “There’s still a long time until then, and I’m just going to let everything play out and see what my best option is.”