For 2015 Miami commit Matt Skibinski choosing to be a RedHawk really boiled down to one thing in particular: the coaching staff.
"The coaches. Everywhere they've been, they've been together. Everywhere they've been, they've won. They have a history of winning and they really seem to have more trust in each other than a lot of staffs do," the 6-foot-5, 270 pound offensive tackle from Livonia Churchill High (Livonia, Michigan) said of why he chose the RedHawks over offers from Toledo, WMU, EMU and Akron.
"I think coach [Chuck] Martin is a straight shooter more so than most coaches. He's going to tell it like it is rather than tell you what you want to hear. He's just a guy that you're going to trust that he's going to win because of everything he's done in the past and everything he has to say."
Skibinski, a 2-star offensive tackle according to Rivals, echoes a sentiment being issued by many of the members of Miami's strong early 2015 recruiting class: Chuck Martin is the difference maker.
While academics and campus life were important to Skibinski in his college choice, he said coaches were the No. 1 determining factor in weighing his options.
"I had to love the coaches because I didn't want to be at a spot where I didn't respect the coaches. Miami definitely hit that," he told Hustle Belt. "... Just talking to the coaches is what I think put it over the top," he said of his visit to Oxford, Ohio.
A slightly smaller tackle, Skibinski is just the latest lineman to commit to the 'Hawks early in the 2015 recruiting process. All told seven of the eight commits so far play either offensive or defensive line. Four players, including Skibinski, are offensive tackles. Often times a team going so hard after one position can scare off further recruits at that spot due to a perception of limited playing time down the road, but it doesn't bother Skibinski one bit.
"It's great," Skibinski said of the competition within his own recruiting class. "That's how we're going to get better, competing every day."
Despite garnering attention from almost every school in the MAC, and undoubtedly getting an opportunity to go to another school where a starting spot may be easier to come by down the road, Skibinski says he's all in on Miami, and doesn't have any plans to even visit other schools between now and February's National Signing Day.