West Monroe's Snyder says its LSU

West Monroe (La.) offensive tackle Mark Snyder (6-7, 275, 5.1) never dreamed that his senior year of high school would follow the path it has taken.

The former New Orleans-Brother Martin product dreamed of leading the Crusaders to the playoffs and impressing college coaches enough to earn some big time scholarship offers.

Well, Hurricane Katrina dashed many of Snyder's hopes and dreams but she could not ruin the one he's had since he was a kid.

"He committed to LSU on Saturday," said West Monroe head coach Don Shows. "He was real excited. That's where he always wanted to go."

Shows played a key role in Snyder's recruitment because up until he moved to West Monroe back in August he was barely a blimp on anyone's radar.

But, since he landed in North Louisiana, West Virginia, Mississippi State and Arkansas had offered with Auburn very close to doing so. It appears the one offer he wanted the most was only a phone call away.

"Before he got here they really hadn't started recruiting him," said Shows. "Well, I called coach (Stacey) Searels when he got first here and told him they needed to come see this kid play because he is a good one. They made it down here last week and watched him against Ruston then they offered him on Saturday when he went down there."

Searels picked a good time to scout Snyder in person because he got to see him go at it some with Ruston defensive end Lazarius Livingston, who is also committed to the Tigers.

"Mark played him real well," Shows said. "He handled him pretty well."

Snyder's verbal pledge is a big one for the Tigers for a couple of reasons.

One, being that LSU has a big need for offensive linemen in this class, more specifically offensive tackles.

And two, he has made quite an impression on someone who has sent a few offensive tackles LSU's way over the years.

"He can be as good as the others that I've had in the past," Shows said. "He has good hands, good feet, good flexibility and is real smart. The thing that is so impressive is that he has all of the tools to be a great offensive lineman at the next level. He has all of them."

Snyder is an exemplary student and will not have any problems qualifying as he boasts a 4.0 GPA and has the necessary test score needed to play next year.

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