Given the right situation, Iowa State appears positioned to add a kicker in the 2016 class and target No. 1 is Greenwood (IN) talent Nathanael Snyder.
The 6-foot-1 Snyder, who is ranked as one of the Fab 50 kickers by Kornblue Kicking and who Kohl’s Kicking says has one of the strongest legs in the class, has held an offer from Toledo and now holds one from Iowa State.
“They offered (Dec. 14), and they said that they think I have what it takes to play in the Big 12 and they expect me to come in and compete for the starting spot in the fall,” Snyder said. “The coaches at ISU that came from Toledo liked me at Toledo and offered me there, and when they moved to ISU, they still thought of me as their guy. They liked how I have had 106 varsity touchbacks and hit field goals as long as 53 yards this year.”
Iowa State will enter the 2016 season with senior Cole Netten as its kicker, but adding a kicker in the 2016 class, such as Snyder, would give someone a chance to compete against him and develop in a potential redshirt year.
Snyder’s two Division I offers currently come from Toledo and Iowa State, though he’s taken unofficial Big Ten trips and Purdue, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Michigan and Western Kentucky among others have shown interest.
While he waits to see what options unfold in the coming weeks, Snyder has scheduled an official visit to Iowa State for Jan. 29.
“They have an up and coming program. They have hired some great coaches,” Snyder said of Iowa State. “I like the conference they are in, they are good academically and they have a great fanbase.”
Snyder isn’t likely to come to a decision until closer to Signing Day, but he’ll now get a closer look at the Cyclones in the days leading up to Feb. 3.
“I want to see how things work as far as football operations go, I want to meet the coaching staff, see the facilities, and tour the campus,” Snyder said. “The fit and opportunity will be the key factors.”