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Lyons Township’s 2018 OG/OT Kevin Skonning is still searching for that first offer. We talked schools showing the most serious interest, his offseason work with Arthur Ray and P.R.O. Trained and I also got Lyons Township head coach Kurt Weinburg’s thoughts on Skonning.
La Grange, IL
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 295 lbs
LPI: I’ve had the opportunity to see you camp/showcase a few times and have seen you improve each time. What have you been doing to take your game to the next level? Also, do you play any other sports in the offseason?
KS: In the off season I worked with a former NFL Lineman and mentor, Arthur Ray, he helped me to perfect my form. I’ve also been working out with P.R.O Trained to strengthen my core and gain speed. Coach Weinberg, My OL and head coach, has also helped me tremendously with run blocking. Besides football I throw shotput in the off season.
LPI: Do you have any offers? If not, which schools have shown serious interest in you?
KS: I currently do not have any offers I have been speaking with a group of FCS schools for the last few months. These include Illinois State, University of Northern Iowa, and Southern Illinois. I’ve also recently had contact with Cincinnati and NIU.
LPI: Do you have any planned visits set? If so, where at?
KS: I visited SIU on the 9th of this month and had a good time. It was nice to see their team in action. I am also set to visit Cincinnati on the 30th for their game against Marshall.
LPI: What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
KS: I think that I am very strong when it comes to pass pro at both Guard and Tackle because of the training I had in the off season. I am also able to cause a lot of movement when it comes to stronger D-lineman in the run game. I also have a strong work ethic and I love football.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
Charlie O’Connor – We worked together in the offseason and he is one of the best O-Lineman I have seen when it comes to pass protection. He has quick feet and great hands. As well as a very good run game.
Andrew Ezell – Is a very strong defensive lineman that has gone somewhat under the radar. He is probably the hardest person I have ever had to protect against, he is very strong and his bull rush is close to unmatched.
Mickey Brown – Finally, another fantastic D-lineman. He has a strong bull rush and has a couple of moves in his back pocket. In the last 3 months he has slimmed down and gotten significantly faster and a hard player to defend against.
Lyons Township Head Coach Kurt Weinberg on Skonning on and off the field
“Skon is an awesome kid. Very professional and passionate. Started last year and was solid. Had a tremendous off season and is now a dominant player.”