19 in 19: LB Kevin Snyder

Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)linebacker Kevin Snyder is the next stop in our "19 in 19" series. Snyder talked with ScarletReport.com about the differences between linebacker at his high school and what he expects at Rutgers. He also discussed his visit for the annual spring game.

Watching the Scarlet-White game with other members of the Class of 2011, Kevin Snyder felt hungry.

The Cumberland Valley High School (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) outside linebacker felt hungry for two reasons. For one, each trip to Piscataway makes it feel more real for Snyder. But watching the linebackers is what really made things exciting, he said.

"I enjoyed it," Snyder said. "It was fun to get up there and see everyone. You didn't see much from the linebackers because the plays were so simple, but they had so much speed."

Though the defense did not show much in the spring game, Snyder said he is excited about the play-style of his new defense. At Cumberland Valley, Snyder said the defense played a fairly vanilla style.

Sack numbers were down for the Scarlet Knights last season, but former linebacker Antonio Lowery was second on the team in sacks. Snyder looks forward to the chance to pressure the line of scrimmage in college.

"I liked watching their blitz packages," Snyder said. "They send their linebackers a lot, which is something I didn't get to do a lot in high school. I'm an outside linebacker. No one likes to just sit back."

The spring game also excited Snyder because of the general environment.

"It was really cool to see all of the guys pop up on the scoreboard," he said. "Every time you looked up, they were announcing another guy from the NFL."

Quarterback Blake Rankin added a little excitement to the day for Snyder when he joined Rutgers' 2012 recruiting class.

With Snyder and Tyler Kroft coming in this year and Rankin and Desmon Peoples already committed for next season, the Pennsylvania connection is growing.

"It's good to see that they're getting more kids from out here," Snyder said. "There is a lot of talent. We play good football."

When Snyder signed his National Letter of Intent, he received a workout program from the Rutgers coaching staff. Showing up in shape is important to Snyder, he said, especially because he is a part of the second group of enrolling freshmen.

With minimal depth at linebacker, Snyder, like Quentin Gause, have a serious chance of avoiding a red-shirt.

"I have followed their program to a tee since I first got it," Snyder said. "But once I started to get comfortable with it, I started to add some more of my own things, especially now that its nicer outside. I know I have to be ready to go when I get there."

The possibility of moving to tight end, Snyder said "is just talk," but he added that he would do whatever it takes to get the chance to play.

Snyder is academically cleared and set to enroll in June for the second summer session.

"I've been dying," Snyder said. "Every visit, I die a little more. I just get there and feel like staying. I can't wait."

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