Wrench in the Works for Snyder

Stanford was in the driver's seat after a strong summer unofficial visit and several months of successful recruiting, but <b>Clinton Snyder</b> was thrown for a loop when Buddy Teevens was fired. The San Diego OLB recruit is now watching what Walt Harris is doing at The Farm, while fielding interest from an offer school closer to home...

All summer long and all season long, Stanford was in the driver's seat to ink Spring Valley (Calif.) Monte Vista's defensive end Clinton Snyder, (6-3 ½, 215).

Then head coach Buddy Teevens was fired last month and threw a wrench into Snyder's recruitment. "My recruitment kind of got shaken up with Coach Teevens getting fired. I haven't had a chance to talk to Coach (Walt) Harris yet, but I have talked with Coach (Tom) Quinn since. He wasn't sure who was going to be kept but he's still recruiting me," said Snyder. "Coach Harris had a lot of success at Pittsburgh."

The Cardinal are still the favorite for Snyder, but he said a big factor in his decision will be which holdover coaches are retained. "If Coach Quinn or my position coach weren't kept, it would really make me sit down and think about it."

Snyder has set up an official visit to The Farm on January 7th, and will also officially visit UCLA on the 21st of January. In addition, he has Cal as his third and final school, though his trip hasn't been set in stone. "Those three are it. A lot depends on Stanford's coaches, though. I was surprised that they let Coach Teevens go. I didn't even know they let him go. Someone I know told me. I guess they felt that had to do it."

While Stanford still could get Snyder, UCLA is trying to stay in the race. "I liked UCLA a lot early and they have been among my top schools for a while. A lot just depends on what coaches stay (at Stanford)," said Snyder.

UCLA linebackers coach Brian Schneider is recruiting Snyder, while he has also had some contact with defensive line coach Don Johnson. Snyder said, "Both the coaches are real cool and good guys. I like them a lot. I was at UCLA's One Day Camp this summer, so I'm looking forward to the official visit."

Most of his recruiting is coming as a defensive end, but some like him as an outside linebacker. "I prefer to play defensive end, but I could play outside ‘backer if I need to."

Snyder had a strong year for Monte Vista, leading them to the semifinals, where they suffered their lone loss of the year, a 24-22 heartbreaker in which a potential game-winning field goal in the final seconds was missed. On the year, Snyder has 15 sacks and 80 tackles. He also played both tight end and fullback and scored 6 touchdowns. As a junior in 2003, Snyder had 17 ½ sacks and 83 tackles, an impressive two-year run. Snyder said he will take his official visits, then make a decision following his trips.

He has a 4.4 GPA and scored an 1240 on his SAT.


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