Special teams have earned a ton of attention from the NC State coaching staff for the class of 2011. The Pack has already landed a commitment from long snapper Scotty Thompson and extended offers to K Niklas Sade and P Wil Baumann.
Although he didn't earn an offer at the Wolfpack's recent football camp, Charlotte (NC) Myers Park K Miller Snyder certainly didn't do anything to hurt his reputation as one of the state's top kickers. Snyder was on par with the best at State's camp but an injury suffered a year ago may have hurt him to some degree, at least in the eyes of the Wolfpack staff. With virtually no film to evaluate, State apparently knew very little about Snyder prior to camp.
Last summer Snyder tore a quadricep muscle that put him out of action for six months. When he finally returned to the Myers Park lineup, he only had the opportunity to kick in three games although he made the most of his limited appearances. Snyder connected on his only field goal, hit three of three extra points, averaged 44.5 yards per punt and 69 yards on his kickoffs.
To help make up for the lack of game film, Snyder has been on a tour of kicking and team camps over the last few months. He recently talked with Pack Pride about his whirlwind schedule.
"I've been very busy," he said. "I first kicked at Clemson and I did fairly well there. I also went to Vanderbilt and I would say they're my number one choice. They've got everything I want in a school and especially SEC football. I was one of the top kids coming out of their camp. I went to UNC and ended up being the MVP of that camp. Butch Davis wanted to see me kickoff. I think they're the closest to offering. It just depends on the walk-on they have kicking and whether he can get the job done. They told me I'm number one on their list if they offer a kicker. My next two camps are Harvard and Columbia."
Right after the UNC camp, Snyder made the trip to Raleigh and talked about his performance in front of special team's coach Jerry Petercuskie.
"I think I did fairly well," he said. "We hopped right into it but I think I did well. I finally got the hang of it and hit it pretty well. I think the last field goal I made was my best hit. I was hitting like that at Carolina's camp. I think I did great on kickoffs, too, but I probably could have got more hang time."
So what did he think of NC State?
"It's a phenomenal school and I really like coach Petercuskie. He's straight to the point which was good. We took a tour and the facilities are great. I loved it and it would be great to kick in that on Saturdays.
"It's a great school and I'm looking at majoring in engineering. My dad is an engineer (NC State graduate) so it's a good school for that. It's a solid choice and one of my top choices of schools to go to."
So just who would those top choices be right now?
"My top three or four are Vanderbilt, without a doubt. I would say Carolina and State are tied for number two because they're both great schools. Then I'd throw Columbia and Harvard in there tied for the third spot. Lastly would be Northwestern. They came down and visited me a couple of months ago. They've already offered Wil Baumann that kicked at State. I might possibly go to their camp later this summer."
Every player's dream is to land that first scholarship offer although it can often be much more difficult for a kicker. Snyder says he's going to monitor his options but hasn't ruled out possibly walking on at a school down the road.
"If I don't get offered this summer then I'll wait and see what happens down the road. There's always opportunities but if the opportunity doesn't arise then I would walk on somewhere and try to earn a scholarship."
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