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Centreville lineman Justin Skule chooses Vanderbilt football

Centreville rising senior offensive lineman Justin Skule (right) committed to play football at Vanderbilt on Monday (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Centreville offensive lineman Justin Skule has committed to play football at Vanderbilt, marking the third Wildcats rising senior to commit to a Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Subdivision team in the past week.

The mutual interest between Skule and Vanderbilt began just two weeks ago, when the 6-foot-5, 305-pounder put together an impressive display of sound footwork and powerful blocking during one of the school’s prospect camps. After garnering the offer from the Commodores, Skule took a tour of the campus the next day, cementing an affinity for the school that culminated with Monday’s commitment to Vanderbilt.

Skule, who will play offensive tackle in college, also had offers from Virginia, Harvard, Navy, Rutgers and West Virginia.

“I loved the high level of academics and the high level of football playing in the SEC, plus the campus facilities and coaching staff were awesome,” Skule said. “I knew that was the school I wanted to be, so I wanted to commit so the coaches would know and so I can focus on winning another state championship.”

Skule served as a stalwart on Centreville’s offensive line that paved the way for 3,458 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns en route to the Wildcats’ undefeated run to the Virginia 6A state title. As one of the 16 returning starters on both sides of the ball as well as an all-state selection, Skule will work to add more muscle to his frame and polish his technique for the team’s title defense, which begins September 5 with a much-anticipated contest against area power Gonzaga.

“I feel like I bring a good work ethic and leadership by example to Vanderbilt,” Skule said. “I’m done with all my camps and combines, so it’s all about working out with my team and getting ready for that big first game.”

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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