Snyder Ready to Recruit, Watch at Rutgers

Cumberland Valley High (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) linebacker Kevin Snyder will take in Rutgers' game Saturday against North Carolina, but his presence will not be relegated to that of spectator. With a number of high-profile commits expected to attend, Snyder will spend pat of the day explaining to other players why he chose the Scarlet Knights.

Cumberland Valley High (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Rutgers commit Kevin Snyder will attend Saturday's game against North Carolina at Rutgers Stadium, and much like he does for the Eagles, he will be playing a dual role.

With a large contingent of recruits expected to attend -- the McKeesport (Pa.) High duo of Branden Jackson and Delvon Simmons will be on official visits, the St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) contingent is expeccted and a gaggle of class of 2012 kids will be there -- Snyder will spent part of his day hyping his future school, and the other part watching the game.

While St. Peter's Prep running back Savon Huggins, safety Sheldon Royster and Rutgers commit and left tackle Keith Lumpkin could each make an appearance, among the litany of class of 2012 players expected are receiver Ruhann Peele of Linden (N.J.) High, athlete Devin Fuller of Northern Valley High (Old Tappan, N.J.), Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) running back Nigel Jones, St. Peter's Prep safety D. J. Singleton and many others.

"I'll do a little bit of both," said Snyder, who was recruited to play linebacker. "I'll do a little bit of (recruiting) before the game, talking to the guys and give them the story of why I like it there, and hopefully they'll see where I'm coming from, and then I'll enjoy the game."

Snyder will be making the trip after playing against State College (Pa.) High on Friday night as the Eagles look to get their offense going.

Snyder plays running back, and is splitting time on defense between linebacker and safety.

But the focus is on improving the offense after last week's 35-21 to Bishop McDevitt, which came (Harrisburg, Pa.) with Rutgers assistant Kirk Ciarocca in attendance. He added he talks to Ciarocca and Rutgers linebackers coach Temu Lukabu on a weekly basis.

"We need to really work on our pass game because right now we're really one dimensional," Snyder said. "We're having trouble completing passes (and) people are stacking the box. If we can get that pass game going, we can be a double threat."

Snyder has carried 40 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns. But after running for 1,341 yards and 22 touchdowns and catching 28 passes last season, Snyder is seeing defenses gear toward stopping the effectiveness of the running backs.

"I think not just me, but our whole running game has gotten a lot more attention," Snyder said. "(Defenses) have been walking linebackers up and they've been walking their safeties up just to make sure we're not running the ball."

Defensively, Snyder made 109 tackles last season. This season he has 17 in three games (2-1), and is going off an 11-tackle performance against Bishop McDevitt.

"The first two games I played safety and there was not much action," Snyder said. "This past week there was a lot more action, and I think I did well."

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