Sneed Takes in Penn State for First Time

The Florida sophomore tailback got his first glimpse of the Lions and their new staff Monday. Did the trip meet his expectations?

Trey Sneed realizes it's early — very early — in his recruiting process. Still, he has one team on top. Even if it hasn't offered yet.

Penn State is the program Sneed, a Class of 2016 running back from Fleming Island High in Orange Park, Fla., has leading the pack. The Lions didn't offer when he and his family visited University Park Monday for the Lions' fifth spring practice, but they made quite an impression.

"Growing up, Penn State has been one of my dream programs, and one of those big schools," Sneed said. "I learned about the opportunity to start a relationship with them, and they told my coach they had to get me to see campus.

"They really want to start a deeper relationship with me, and they said they want to shoot me an offer when I'm ready to commit. I'm still looking at other schools and taking everything in, and I want to make a decision after my junior season when I'm 100 percent sure."

Sneed played in just three games as a sophomore due to a broken thumb. Still, he drew the interest of Penn State's staff, which showed him the ins and outs of campus and gave him a glimpse into their methods at practice.

"The whole trip was a highlight," Sneed said. "My favorite part was the stadium. When you see it, it's one thing to see it empty. I can only imagine when there are 100,000 fans there.

"It's breathtaking. You can just imagine how loud that place gets because it is the fourth biggest stadium in the world. You can feel it."

Despite limited participation last fall due to his injury and limited observation Monday due to having to leave campus early to catch his flight home, Sneed said he saw similarities between his school's practices and Penn State's. The biggest similarity, he said, was the way both set up their stretching and walk-throughs.

When he wasn't watching practice or seeing campus, he was talking to Penn State's coaches. Each made an impression in his own way, he said.

"[Quarterback] Coach [Ricky] Rahne and I had a really good conversation," Sneed said. "I was with [running backs] Coach [Charles] Huff for most of the day, and we were in the running back meeting, offensive meeting, and then [head] Coach [James] Franklin popped in and out.

"I had a 45-minute to an hour meeting with Coach Franklin, and he's a real laid back guy. You can definitely tell he's a player's coach, and runs a great program. I'm really interested."

Huff, Penn State's first-year running backs coach and special team's coordinator, is someone Sneed said is straightforward but caring.

"I just liked that I can come to him and he can tell me what I need to work on," Sneed said. "At the same time, he doesn't badger you. He makes sure he gets his point across in a way that you can understand it, and that's his main focus."

Georgia Tech is the next program the running back will see, as he'll make a Wednesday stop to check out the Yellow Jackets. North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest will also receive visits this week.

With eight offers in hand, the sophomore said he is unsure when he will visit University Park again. But, he is sure of one thing: it's not easy to pick just one highlight from his first stop in State College.

"I mean really, the coaches and the coaching staff were really great," Sneed said. "That stood out to me most, and they have state-of-the-art facilities. I was expecting that, but it exceeded my expectations.

"That's probably what stood out to most to me. They definitely have gone to one of my top choices so far. It's early in the recruiting process, and I haven't visited a lot of places, but they took the top spot."

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