Extending The Edge

West Virginia leads for a top linebacker prospect, and will get a chance to solidify the standing at the April 19 Gold-Blue spring game.

Chris Snook, a 6-3, 223-pounder out of Highland High (Medina, Ohio), lists WVU as his top choice after a March 17 visit to the school. The junior was impressed with the facilities, though he did not get to visit the locker room, currently under renovation. He has developed a relationship with offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen, who is competing with former employer Wake Forest for Snook's signature.

The Demon Deacons are a main rival for Snook, who said he will attend West Virginia's spring game. The Mountaineers, among the first schools to offer, currently have an edge. But with Snook's recent performance at the Scout.com combine in Pittsburgh, addition offers are imminent. Among the most underrated prospects, Snook was one of three linebackers to earn first-team honors at the combine along with Dorian Bell, the No. 1 player at the position, and Dan Mason, the 14th-rated ‘backer. As reported by recruiting analyst Dave Berk, "during the running back / linebacker battles Snook picked off three passes showing the ability to cover, open his hips and adjust to catch the ball over the back. In my opinion Snook was one of the Top Five performers on the day if not the MVP of the event in a very crowded field of top performers."

Snook currently has offers from Maryland, Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Akron in addition to Wake Forest and West Virginia. He will wait until May to field any additional offers, then begin to narrow the field during the summer to five finalists for his official visits.

"I went down there for junior day," Snook said of his initial visit to WVU. "I really liked what I saw. The coaches were really cool and you can tell it is a real football atmosphere. That is what I am looking for. I like how they have so much behind their football team. I am looking for a lot of support behind the team, though the size of the school doesn't matter."

Snook plans to major in the education or science fields and become a graduate assistant after his collegiate career. He noted that West Virginia's "academics are really involved with the football team. It is the center of the facilities, which I liked, and it's a good mix of football and academics."

The battle between Mullen and Wake Forest provides an intriguing angle to Snook's recruitment, but likely won't develop any negatives. Snook said the respective staffs "don't put a whole lot of pressure on me. They know each other and joke about it. They were really tight. When I was at Wake Forest, they were asking me about coach Mullen and coach Mullen told me about Wake Forest and how good the coaches were."

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