Michael Snear, the 5-star shooting guard from Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, CA, is one of the most athletic guards in the 2009 class. He has a solid frame with good length, and is a good shooter to three-point range. Snaer has the capability to run the point position due to his ability to handle and pass well. What some people feel separates him from others is his ability to defend as he has a chance to be an excellent defender down the road.
Scout.com's 22nd best player in the nation has just started getting in-depth with his recruitment, saying he has started taking visits already. Two weeks ago he checked out Missouri, and this past weekend he was in Tallahassee to visit Florida State. Snaer told NoleDigest that the visit went well.
"My recruiting visits are just starting," said Snaer, "so this process is going to get a lot more fun. The trip to FSU was a good trip. I like the situation there at my position and I like Coach Hamilton and all of his assistants."
Michael is versatile enough to play 3 positions on the court, and that factor is something that the coaches at FSU like about the talented shooting guard. The fact that FSU wants him to play all over the court is intriguing to Snaer.
"Coach Hamilton was telling me they'd like me to play the 1, 2 or the 3. They feel I can do a lot of things with the ball. I'm a basketball player so I'd love to be able to do that in college."
The 6'5" 195 pound athlete was hosted by senior Toney Douglas on his visit, and Snear said overall he did a great job showing him around.
"My host was Toney Douglas," said Snaer. "He did a real good job with me and I like him. We've been able to build up a friendship. I also got to speak to the president of the school and the athletic director, and I got a chance to check out their facilities. I also had a good time at the football game."
"Overall I just liked the players and the coaches there," continued Snaer on his visit to FSU. "The chance they have there for me to come in early, along with the relationship I have with the coaches, is good. Hamilton was in the NBA so he knows what it takes to get there and he knows how to develop you into that kind of player."
While the visit to FSU was good for Snaer, the Seminoles will be battling 5 other programs for his commitment. He talked with NoleDigest about what he likes with the other schools he is considering:
Marquette: "I like the coaches they have there. They are honest with me and when I was there for an unofficial I saw how hard they work. A big thing with them is that there is a lot of playing time right away there."
UCLA: "I know a lot of players there and I have a good relationship with the coaches. I know what that program has to offer. I've been there several times on unofficial visits and have played some pick-up games there."
Kansas: "They're one of the other schools besides Missouri and FSU that have made an in-home visit with me. I haven't been there yet but there is a good situation there. I can't say much yet about them because I haven't visited, but playing there means you're on the national stage.
Missouri: "I liked my visit there. The guys are close and the coaches are cool. They're laid back there and they know how to teach their players."
Memphis: "They're much like Kansas. I don't know if I am going to visit, but I can't say anything about them until I do."
After Snaer makes all of his visits look for him to sit down with his family to make a decision. He says the school that he has the best relationship with will win out.
"I'm looking for playing time, my relationship with the coaches and the potential role they plan to use me in," explained Snaer in what he's looking for in a school. "I want to play as a freshman so the role that I will play and how the coaches want me to do that are important. I want to play for coaches I am comfortable with and who can get me to that next level."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Michael's recruitment.