Snyder To Receive Full Ride

Miller Snyder's patience has paid off much sooner than he anticipated.

When Snyder verbally committed to North Carolina in December, the coaching staff could only guarantee him a scholarship starting in January 2012. Recently, though, the kicker from Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park discovered that UNC will put him on scholarship as soon as he enrolls.

"I feel that much better about [my commitment]," Snyder said. "It turned out to be a dream come true. It was such an excitement figuring out that I am going to Carolina and that I'm going to be getting a scholarship in the spring. But now that I find out that I'm on scholarship from the get-go, it just makes it that much sweeter."

Last Thursday, while eating dinner with his parents and primary recruiter Allen Mogridge, Snyder was put on the phone with Butch Davis.

"Coach Davis told me ‘Congratulations, you're going to be put on scholarship,'" Snyder said. "And Coach ‘Mo' just reaffirmed everything."

Although he excelled at all three kicking disciplines in high school, Snyder is primarily being recruited to handle kickoffs and eventually field goals for UNC.

"I expect to come in and compete at all three," Snyder said. "Whether or not I win all three is unlikely, because there are a couple of guys in front of me that are really special at what they do. I think I'm going to come in and win kickoffs, though."

One of the "special" players in front of Snyder is Casey Barth, who Snyder is looking to learn from before he graduates following the 2011 season.

"It's a really great situation, because you take someone like Casey, who is phenomenal who just has such a cool head about him, and I'm coming in and having a season with him," Snyder said. "He's basically going to mentor me."

Earlier in the month, Snyder served as the punter for the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"It's definitely going down as one of the most memorable experiences," Snyder said. "We were treated extremely well. The guys I got to know [were] just tremendous athletes and the majority of them have tremendous character."

Among the players Snyder got to know while in San Antonio for the game was future UNC teammate Landon Turner.

"I actually didn't know there was another North Carolina commit [in the game]," Snyder said. "And when I was walking into the players lounge, I heard ‘Carolina Boy.' But I didn't know they were referring to me. When I turned around, there was this big ol' dude and he was like ‘Yo, I heard you're going to Carolina. I am, too.'"

After introducing themselves, Snyder and Turner spent the rest of the week developing a bond.

"He was the kid I usually sat with on the bus and I spent the most time with, other than the other kicker," Snyder said. "I thought Landon was great. I met his parents. They're all just a class act."

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