UNC Pursuing In-State Kicker

North Carolina has targeted Miller Snyder, a senior kicker from Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park.

The Tar Heel staff verbally offered a scholarship about a week ago.

"I've been talking to the coaches and they were looking at another guy and they were talking about the gray-shirt opportunity," Snyder said. "They offered me, but it's not quite official until I get the paperwork. But they did offer me a gray-shirt."

Typically, a gray-shirt means a player would delay enrollment until the following spring. However, UNC would like Snyder to enroll as a preferred walk-on in the fall, practice with the team, and then be put on scholarship the following spring.

On Thursday, Allen Mogridge, who is handling Snyder's recruitment for UNC, will visit Myers Park and discuss the situation in more detail.

"[Mogridge] said he'll run Coach [Butch] Davis down and get the paperwork for the offer and have it Thursday," Snyder said.

These last two weeks have been pretty good for Snyder. In addition to UNC, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder was offered by Wake Forest on Monday and NC State on Tuesday. He had previously received offers from Columbia and Harvard.

"It feels great," Snyder said. "It's a lot to take in. The past few months I haven't really heard much from any of these coaches. But my dad made the comment ‘To not hear anything for months, and then this week and last week all this stuff coming down is pretty exciting.' But I'm happy it's all coming together."

Snyder says he is considering all of his offers, with the exception of Columbia.

"Hopefully by this weekend, I'll have everything on the table and I'll be able to sit down with my parents and coach, and be able to weigh all my options," Snyder said. "If there was a four-sided fence, I would be in the middle."

Snyder admits, though, that offering a gray-shirt as opposed to a regular scholarship puts UNC at a "slight disadvantage."

"I'd really like to come in and not have to wait a semester," Snyder said. "But what you get with North Carolina, you can't really match it anywhere else. So I would be willing to wait a semester. I just have to see how everything plays out."

Working in UNC's favor is his kicking coach, Dan Orner, played at UNC.

"I could pretty much quote [Orner]," Snyder said. "He would love to see one of his students kicking in Carolina Blue. I'm sure he's biased towards Carolina, but the most important thing is he wants me to go where I want to go. He's totally supportive of what I want."

Additionally, Snyder's father graduated from NC State, while his brother attended UNC.

Regardless, Snyder says his official visits will play a major role in his recruitment. "Since it's such a close tie with all these schools, I'd really like to go on my official visits and get a feel for everything and get to all these schools and find where I could see myself best," Snyder said.

Snyder has already scheduled an official visit with Harvard for the weekend of Dec. 11 and has discussed dates in January with Wake Forest.

Previously, Snyder has attended games at Harvard (against Yale), UNC (against Virginia Tech), and NC State (against Cincinnati).

During the summer, Snyder camped at Clemson, Columbia, UNC, NC State, and Vanderbilt. At Columbia, UNC, and NC State, he was awarded camp MVP.

UNC likes Snyder as a kickoff specialist and to also compete for field goals once Casey Barth graduates following the 2011 season.

"One of the big reasons I won [UNC's] camp MVP was because of my kickoffs," Snyder said. "I was kicking them 75 yards consistently with a 4.1 [second] hang time."

Snyder's four other offering schools also expect him to handle kickoffs. Additionally, NC State is recruiting him for field goals, while Wake Forest is looking at him as a punter. Columbia and Harvard want him to handle all three disciplines.

"I just want to be out there kicking, for the most part," Snyder said. "In a perfect world, I'd like to kickoff and do field goals. I've been kicking longer, so I'm more comfortable kicking than I am punting."

During his senior season, Snyder converted 7-of-9 field goal attempts with a long of 45 yards. He also averaged 41 yards on punts and booted 90-percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks.

Snyder was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a punter.

"I think that's a huge accomplishment, especially where I've come from," Snyder said. "I injured myself [the summer of] my junior year… To rehab and go through that adversity and have a great senior season and [be selected], it doesn't get much better than that."

Snyder tore his right quad muscle while camping at Virginia in 2009. He attempted to return to action "two or three times" during his junior season and re-aggravated the injury. It wasn't until a year ago that the injury was 100-percent healed, after it received the proper rest.

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