UCLA Watching Snead Sibling

UCLA's defensive end, William Snead, has a little brother who is also a defensive end prospect at Oakland (Calif.) Skyline High School, Michael Snead. With two scholarship offers so far, the younger sibling tells us about his recruitment and his preferences for college...

If Oakland (Calif.) Skyline defensive end Michael Snead (6-4, 230) is a familiar name, it's because he's the younger brother of UCLA's starting defensive end William Snead.

And the younger brother is leaning on big brother during the recruiting process.

"I just talked to him and we just talked football," said Snead. "It's definitely something I can use. But when we talk, it's just about football, not really recruiting. But I got to see it when he was being recruited."

Snead has two scholarship offers, from Colorado and San Diego State, and several of the Pac-10 schools have been keeping an eye on him, including UCLA.

"I really want to stay in California," Snead said. "I don't have a top five, but I'd say my favorite schools are in California. UCLA would be a good school. I'd love to play with my brother, but we'd only get one year to play there. That would be a factor. Cal, I've been visiting Cal unofficially a lot over the years. And San Diego State offered me first."

Other schools who have been keeping tabs on Snead include Michigan, Fresno State, UNLV and Boston College.

Snead missed much of last season with a broken hand, but still recorded 30 tackles on the year. Like his brother, they both have played defensive end during their career, though William moved to linebacker his senior season and stayed there his first two years in Westwood.

Michael, on the other hand, prefers to stay at defensive end, though he's open to moving. "I don't even know where coaches will want me, but whatever I can move fastest and play the run will be where I prefer," said Snead.

Snead plans to take all of his official trips, which will play a huge role in his decision. "I want to see the campus, the weather and the coaches and get to know them more," said Snead. "I want to do that before I make a decision on any place."

Snead also will be playing tight end for Skyline this fall and working out at the position for passing leagues this summer. "Some schools say they could look at me as a tight end but they won't decide that until later," said Snead.

Snead attended the Stanford Nike Camp, the only camp he went to this spring, and said he thought he performed well there, running 4.75 in the 40, which is good for a defensive end.

Academically, Snead has a 2.5 GPA and is waiting to receive his SAT score.


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