2010 Intro: Josh Snead

SMITHFIELD, N.C. --- With D.J. Bunn and Justin Dixon North Carolina-bound, a lot of the offensive burden this season will fall on the shoulders of Josh Snead.

"It takes 11 on offense and defense to win a ball game," Snead said. "But I'm looking forward to the extra challenge this fall."

Snead, a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, combined with Bunn and Dixon to created a dynamic offensive backfield that accumulated nearly 3,000 yards on the ground last season. Snead, who started at wingback, accounted for 780 of those yards, plus 11 touchdowns.

To help accommodate for the losses, Smithfield-Selma is converting its offense from the wing-t to the spread offense. Within the newly installed spread offense, Snead will be used in a Reggie Bush-type receiver/running back role.

"We're going to put him in the backfield, we're going to put him in the slot, [and] may even put him at split end," assistant coach Chris Martin said. "We'll move Josh around to create mismatches. His speed is going to be key."

That speed that Martin is referring to is not only evident on the field, but on the track. Snead's a star on the track team and has recorded best times of 10.52 in the 100 and 21.9 in the 200.

Snead started at free safety last season, where he recorded 87 tackles, three sacks, six pass break-ups, and an interception. With the loss of Bunn, the Smithfield coaching staff is contemplating moving Snead to cornerback.

"Our whole secondary graduated except for him," Martin said. "My philosophy, I'd rather put somebody at cornerback with defensive back experience than just throwing a newbie out there who's never been under fire."

It's likely that Snead, like Bunn last year, will line up at different positions within the secondary depending on the opponent.

A true iron man, Snead will continue to have a role on just about every special teams unit, in addition to his starting roles on offense and defense.

"When I first got here, it was kind of tough [playing offense, defense, and special teams]," Snead said. "But then I realized if I play this now I'll get more [college] looks and it would show how versatile I am."

Snead has collected scholarship offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State, and Wake Forest. He is also receiving heavy interest from Auburn, Duke, UNC, Oregon, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

Snead has spent much of the spring unofficially visiting schools. He has attended junior days at Duke, Georgia Tech, UNC, NC State, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.

Last Saturday's experience during the Tar Heels' Junior Day has definitely left its mark on Snead.

"Needless to say, it was probably the best junior day I've been to so far this year," Snead said of his UNC visit. "I liked the atmosphere and being around the coaches."

During his stay, Snead spoke in-depth with John Shoop, who is handling his recruitment for UNC.

"He was like ‘This is where you need to be at,'" Snead said. "[He said] that if I come to the summer camp, hopefully I'll earn an offer."

Snead said he plans to camp at UNC this summer. Shoop informed Snead that he'll work out at several positions during the camp.

Like UNC, a lot of schools are having difficulty finding one position for Snead.

"I'm getting a lot of looks for the slot [receiver], but really I'm labeled as an athlete," Snead said. "I don't really know where I'm going to play once I get to college."

Martin envisions Snead excelling most at cornerback on the collegiate level.

"He's got pretty fluid hips, you know you're not going to be able to run away from him, he's a strong kid used to supporting the run," Martin said. "I could also see him being used on offense as a Brandon Tate."

Snead isn't exactly sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"If a school that I'm very high on offers me, then it might be a possibility I make the decision then," Snead said. "Also, I got nominated for the Under Armour All-American Game next January. So I either make my decision there, or I make it right after the football season ends."

There are a handful of schools that Snead is "very high on."

"I got about five top colleges that I like and that I'm very interested in," Snead said. "If either of those five offered me, then I might commit."

Snead is willing to reveal only one of those five schools – UNC.

"I like the coaches, the atmosphere, and they want to win – they want a national championship," Snead said. "It's like Coach [Butch Davis] said ‘If you work hard, you want a national championship, and you want to go to the pros, this is the place you need to be' – that's what I want to do."

Ironically, signing Bunn and Dixon prevented UNC from being listed prominently by Snead early on.

"At first, I was resistant to Carolina because my buddies went there," Snead said. "I don't want everybody thinking I'm a lock to UNC.

"After that junior day, I'm really feeling Carolina. I think I'd look good in that powder blue."

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