Brandon Snyder grew up dreaming about a college basketball career. That goal has shifted to the gridiron.
"After a change of heart and getting shown recent interest from Iowa, I definitely want to play college football," the Inwood (Iowa) West Lyon senior said. "I think it holds my highest potential."
Iowa played host to Snyder for an official visit on Sunday. The Hawkeyes have offered him a preferred walk-on opportunity as a safety.
"They talked a lot about how they've had safeties like me that have come in, worked hard, and been very successful in their program," the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Snyder said. "The coaching staff at Iowa is second to none. They value what's important and they take pride in doing things the right way."
"I just feel extremely blessed to be given the opportunity to play football at this level," Snyder said. "I'm just trying to picture myself playing at Iowa to see if it's truly the right fit, but I'm just really happy and excited with how well this weekend went. I just need to do some thinking, praying and talking with parents, coaches, and friends so I make the best decision possible for me."
Snyder is scheduled to North Dakota State and South Dakota State this coming weekend. He said the FCS schools indicated they likely would be offering visits on those stops.
"I'm not sure if I'm still going to visit those schools or not yet but I haven't accepted the preferred walk-on (offer from Iowa) just yet," he said.
Snyder is being encouraged to join the Hawkeyes by teammate Jake Newborg, a junior verbally committed to Iowa.
"There is not a day that goes by where Jake doesn't make some sort of remark about trying to get me to play football at Iowa," Snyder joked.
Freshman receiver Matt Vandeberg played host to Snyder on his Iowa official.
"I really enjoyed spending time with him," Snyder said. "I asked him a ton of questions. It was nice being able to ask him about how things are from a player standpoint such as the bowl experience or just day to day life. He really helped me to understand what it's like to be a player at the University of Iowa."
Snyder said it's been awhile since he ran the 40-yard dash. He was last clocked at 4.56 seconds.
"I will decide this week if I'm going to play at Iowa or somewhere else because i have those visits this weekend," Snyder said. "I will more than likely have my decision made before signing day."