Rutgers to offer class of 2011 Pa. athlete

Rutgers continues to balance between finishing off its 2010 class with making inroads with 2011 recruits, and to the latter Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano was in central Pennsylvania on Wednesday to visit the high school of a developing prospect. According to the player's high school coach, Rutgers gave a verbal offer and will be sending a written offer to the player in the coming days.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano's helicopter tour took him to central Pennsylvania and Cumberland Valley High (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), where he spoke to coach Tim Rimpfel about class of 2011 two-way standout Kevin Snyder.

And during Schiano's visit, he let Rimpfel know Snyder will be getting his first written scholarship offer in the coming days, and it will be from Rutgers.

"They offered (verbally),'' Rimpfel said. "He'll get the written offer later. They offered it to me, so I had to go tell (Synder).''

The Panthers, Rutgers and Connecticut are showing Snyder the most interest, and Penn State recently requested his junior film.

"Right now (interest) is just growing,'' Rimpfel said. "He went to two camps last summer, Pitt and Rutgers. They've been around as much as they can, and as far as contacting him (did the same). UConn (coach) Randy Edsall was here. Those are the three (schools) showing the most interest.''

Where the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Syder will play, though, is the subject of debate. He ran a 4.5 (seconds) 40-yard dash at a Pittsburgh camp last summer, which caught the attention of several programs.

As a junior, he averaged 8.8 yards per carry and rushed for 1,341 yards and 22 touchdowns, and had at least six runs of 56 yards or more. Snyder also caught 28 passes for 634 yards, a whopping 22.6 yards per catch, and had six touchdowns.

Defensively, he made 109 tackles, intercepted three passes and forced four fumbles.

"He had a lot of big plays for us,'' Rimpfel said. "He was our running back, and defensively he played outside linebacker, he played corner and he played some safety. We moved him all over the place.

"He gave us a great two-way season last year. He does a lot of things, plus he's National Honor Society, and he plays on the basketball team. He's a very versatile athlete.''

So, where are colleges projecting him to play?

"Offense. either slot receiver or h-back,'' Rimpfel said. "Defense, as a strong safety-type, maybe a linebacker, maybe a free safety.''

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