Signee Update: Miller Snyder

Of North Carolina's signees, none have a greater chance of seeing the field in a prominent role this fall than Miller Snyder. At the very least, he's a leading candidate for the kickoff job.

"I'm going to keep a cool head and I'm going to do the same thing I've done the past four years – I'm going to go out and boot it," Snyder said. "It was helpful in the All-American Game, because I kind of got a sense of what it's going to be like the next four years. That really helped ease my nerves."

Snyder handled all three kicking disciplines at Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park and served as punter for the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I expect to come in and compete at all three [kicking jobs at UNC]," Snyder said. "I really don't think I'll beat out Casey [Barth], because he's so solid. Truthfully, I think they expect me to win the kickoff job right off the bat. But we haven't really talked about that since I was being recruited."

With Barth heading into his final year of eligibility, Snyder is his likely replacement when he departs.

"Down the road, of course I want to do field goals, because that's my strong suit other than kickoffs," Snyder said. "As far as punting goes, it's going to be based on the team's needs."

In preparation for his collegiate career, Snyder has been following the workout regimen UNC sends its signees.

"I have a trainer that's helping me out with some of the lifts," Snyder said. "But we're going through [UNC's] book very vigorously."

Snyder wore No. 9 at Myers Park, but isn't optimistic about sporting the coveted jersey number during his UNC career.

"I doubt I'll get 9, because I think someone else has grabbed that," Snyder said. "I'd like to have something below 20."

Since signing with UNC in February, Snyder and Allen Mogridge, his primary recruiter, have maintained a steady line of communication.

"I'm on the phone with Coach Mo' all the time," Snyder said. "Now, in a way, he's not trying to sell the school to me and I'm not trying to sell myself to him anymore. We're just being real. And the majority of [our conversations] aren't even about football. Of course I've asked him a billion questions about what to expect. But we just talk about general stuff."

Snyder graduates from Myers Park on June 11. He will head to UNC the following day, where he will room with Eric Ebron, Jack Tabb, and Tyler Alberts.

"I've visited Carolina – my brother used to go there, I've been to practices, I've been to games, I've seen it – but I still really don't know what to expect," Snyder said. "I can't wait to get there – I'm seriously counting down the days. But at the same time, it's kind of bittersweet, because I have a lot of friends here [in Charlotte] and maybe some friends I won't get to see a whole lot after I graduate. I want to hang onto high school, but at the same time I want to start the new chapter."

Snyder is undecided on a major.

"I've been thinking about a lot of majors, just because UNC offers a lot of good majors," Snyder said. "I can't go wrong with a lot of majors [at UNC], but I haven't really decided. I'm thinking about a minor in philosophy and then try to get into the business school or maybe computer engineering."

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