Update on DE Clinton Snyder

The defensive end prospect from Spring Valley (Calif.) Monte Vista, <b>Clinton Snyder</b>, has great grades and an SAT. He says he has a top two schools...

A summer spent playing basketball for an AAU team was enough to keep Spring Valley (Calif.) Monte Vista defensive end Clinton Snyder (6-3 ½, 210) active, but even over the course of playing hoops, Snyder did what he could to stay in football shape.

"I got down to 195 at one point, but I'm up to 210, so I know I can put on the weight," said Snyder.

At the Nike Camp in San Diego, Snyder clocked a 4.6 forty and jumped 33 inches, but weighed under 200, which was enough to motivate him to put on the weight.

"I've been doing a lot of lifting, running, getting into football shape. This week I've been on vacation and I'm running in the hills here."

Snyder's only other camp venture this summer was the UCLA One Day Camp.

"They were good experiences for me. At Nike, it was just cool to get to go to it. I learned a lot of new techniques. I thought I did real good. At the UCLA camp, I really liked it."

Linebackers coach Brian Schneider is recruiting Snyder, while he has also had some contact with defensive line coach Don Johnson. "Both the coaches are real cool and good guys. I like them a lot."

Most of his recruiting is coming as a defensive end, but some like him as an outside linebacker. He said, "I could play as a standup guy, or get down in a 3-point stance, but I'll need to put some weight on for that."

Snyder has six offers right now, from UCLA, Arizona, California, San Diego State, Colorado State and Wyoming, and said he is finishing the application for Stanford.

"Stanford is my leader, and they said when I finished the application, I'll probably get an offer. I think Notre Dame could offer during the season. After Stanford, though, UCLA is next."

Snyder has no plans to commit immediately, wanting to take all five of his trips: "I want to see all of my options before I decide. I won't commit until after the season. I know I want to stay on the West Coast though, but want to get out of San Diego. I'd like for my parents to be able to come watch me play."

Snyder said he has a 4.45 GPA and scored an 1240 on his SAT.


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