Lining Up

Chad Snodgrass' outstanding camp and combine performances put him on the radar of schools like LSU, Colorado and Purdue, but in the end the coaching staff and atmosphere of his homestate school proved to be the difference in his decision-making process.

Snodgrass, who received an scholarship offer following an outstanding performance at WVU's rising senior camp, returned the favor today with a commitment to West Virginia University.

"I just got off the phone with the Mountaineer coaches," Snodgrass told BlueGoldNews.com. "I am committed to WVU. The coaching staff made me feel right at home. Every time I was up there, I felt comfortable.

"It's also a great place to play," the big interior lineman continued. "The atmosphere for games is just crazy, and I am looking forward to being a part of that."

West Virginia had been watching and evaluating Snodgrass for some time, but there's not much doubt that his performance at WVU's camp on June 11 put him over the top. Playing guard alongside other highly-regarded prospects such as Gino Gradkowski, Greg Gaskins and WVU commitment Donny Barclay, Snodgrass didn't play second fiddle to anyone. He dominated all opponents, and only Morgantown High School's Junius Lewis was able to provide any opposition at all to the strong Nitro High School product.

"There's no doubt that Sunday helped me a lot," Sndograss confirmed. "I got to go up against Junius Lewis, and he's already committed to WVU. When I was able to block him well, I think that made the coaches take some notice. There might have been a little bit of pressure going with that group of people, but I just looked at is at the chance to perform well."

Watching intently, of course, was WVU offensive line mentor Rick Trickett. The veteran line coach had numerous tips and instructions for many of the linemen in camp, but didn't have many corrections for Snodgrass, who showed outstanding fundamentals and a nasty streak of toughness during one-on-one drills.

"He had a couple of things to say, but mostly that he wants me to lose about ten pounds," Snodgrass said. "That won't be a problem, because I have already lost four or five. I think they want me to play at about 290-295, and that will be a good target for me. He also wants me to work on and improve my agility, but that's pretty much a goal for everyone."

Snodgrass will be a guard or center at WVU, and the latter spot won't be a totally new experience for the him. He has played some center at Nitro, and also got in some snaps during one-on-ones at WVU's three-day individual camp as well.

"I don't think I'll have any problem adapting to that at all," he added.

Snodgrass made the commitment after a return visit to WVU's camp, one in which he was accompanied by his parents. Snodgrass and his father have also made many trips to Morgantown for Mountaineer games over the past few years.

"They were 100% behind me and my decision, whatever it was going to be," he noted. "They have been really good in helping me through all of this. Out loud, they didn't have any preference for where I was going to go, but it was probably my Dad's dream for me to go to West Virginia."

In this day of soft verbals, touring and the like, the next question that typically follows a verbal commitment is, 'How strong is it?' Snodgrass didn't leave much doubt that WVU will be his destination.

"I think I'm pretty much finished with camp visits," he said. "This is a solid decision for me."

NOTES

Snodgrass' commitment makes two linemen in WVU's Class of 2007. Indications are that West Virginia may make room for three more linemen in this year's class. If that is the case, the Mountaineers would likely have a spot for one more interior lineman, along with two additional tackles, in the final group of five.


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