Pack Offers Snyder

Charlotte (NC) Myers Park kicker Miller Snyder's phone has been blowing up recently as his recruitment has taken off over the past couple of weeks.

Charlotte (NC) Myers Park kicker Miller Snyder's phone has been blowing up recently as his recruitment has taken off over the past couple of weeks.

"I have to say that my recruitment is going well," said Snyder. "[On Tuesday] I learned from coach Cuskie that I have a full scholarship offer from NC State. I've also talked with the coaches at North Carolina, and they have offered me. I believe that Wake Forest has an offer for me at the end of the week, and I've also been offered acceptance to Harvard and Columbia in the Ivy League. All of this has happened in basically the last week and a half."

The reason for the late offers is Snyder suffered a quad injury as a junior that prevented him from having a lot of game film to evaluate. He performed extremely well at various camps this past summer, and colleges wanted to track his progress during the 2010 season.

"This past season I did really well," said Snyder. "I had a 41-yard net punting average and 90% of my kickoffs were touchbacks. I finished 7-of-9 on my field goals with my longest make and attempt being from 45 yards out. It was a pretty good season. I was pleased with it."

At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Snyder is capable of handling punts, kickoffs, and field goals in college.

"NC State and UNC are recruiting me to be a kicker," he said. "Wake wants me to kickoff and handle some punting, and if I chose to attend one of the Ivy schools I would handle all three."

As it stands now, Snyder isn't ready to name a leader.

"To be honest with you I don't really have a favorite," he said. "Every single school has their positives and negatives, moreso positives than anything else. I'm not going to lie, it's going to be a tough decision. It's something I have to sit down and talk with my coach and my family about.

"I can say that the ACC schools are close to home and if I went to one of them then my family wouldn't have to pay anything. If I went to the Ivy League that can run you quite a bit of money so that is a factor."

Snyder does have connections to NC State and North Carolina.

"My dad went to NC State and my brother graduated from North Carolina two years ago," he said. "I kind of grew up a NC State fan because of my dad, but that was about the extent of it."

He admitted that landing the offer from Wolfpack special teams coach Jerry Petercuskie was special.

"There is no doubt about it," said Snyder. "I was ecstatic. I told pretty much everybody I knew that they had offered me. It was a great feeling, no doubt."

Here are some thoughts from Snyder on the three ACC programs under consideration.

Wake Forest: "I've always had the idea of attending a smaller,academic school, and Wake Forest would give me that. I'd be able to punt and kickoff, and I really like that idea. It's only a hour and a half away from home so that's a plus, and the academics are phenomenal."

North Carolina: "Carolina is close to home and in-state. My family will be able to come to the games, and it's essentially the same as wake. It's bigger than Wake but has great academics and football is up-and-coming. I can see myself being successful there, and the football team being successful."

NC State: "I love the engineering at NC State. One of my dreams is to be an engineer, and my dad went there and he's an engineer so that's a plus. To be honest with you, I really like the football program at NC State. I went to one of the practices and I love how coach O'Brien run his program. I'm really impressed with NC State. Also, I'm pretty good friends with Wil Baumann, and he is committed there to punt. I was able to get to know him over the summer at some camps and kicked with him some when I went to Wilmington for my family vacation. If I went to NC State I would be able to go in with him as a freshman and that would be a great plus. We would be the special teams of NC State football."

Snyder, who was selected to kick in the Army All-American Game, is slated to visit Harvard next weekend and Wake Forest has asked him to officially visit in January. He will also take official visits to NC State and North Carolina, and the trips will play a vital role in his final decision.

"Obviously I need to talk to the coaches and find out how long the offers are on the table so that will give me a timeline, but I was kind of waiting to see over the next week or so who all will put offers on the table," said Snyder. "I'm going to talk with my family and coach and hopefully on the official visits I will get a vibe from one of the schools."

Snyder is rated a 5-star kicking prospect by the NCS (National Combine Series) and a 4 1/2 star kicker by Chris Sailer kicking. He is listed in Sailer's Top 12 kicking prospects and placed second in the national competition.

"Miller is an excellent kicker," stated kicking guru Chris Sailer. "He has a strong leg and gets great height on his field goals. Also very solid on kickoffs. Shows outstanding potential as a punter. Currently one of the top combo player prospects in the nation. Has all the tools. Special talent."

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