Snow Storm

West Virginia's latest football verbal commitment had strong in the Mountaineer program right from the beginning of the recruiting process, and WVU's determined effort paid off when he called on Friday to pledge to the program.

"Right from the first, when Jeff Mullen came to visit me in February or March, I was really interested in West Virginia," said Snow, a well-spoken and confident player who made no bones about his affection for WVU. "He told me they were going to offer, and that they were going to be recruiting me hard. Two weeks after that, the offer came, and I started getting letters from all of the coaches. They would write individual letters, and they would send things that everyone had signed.

"Those letters were good," he said of the many communications that came his way. "They would say they needed me, and wanted me at West Virginia. You can win championships here, and you can be a leader to help us win titles. Some of the coaches would add their own notes to the letter too, and talk about different things. One of them listed the great linebackers at West Virginia, and told me I could be the next great one at WVU; that I could add my name to the list."

Following a spring visit to the campus, Snow had the Mountaineers firmly atop his list, and a visit to campus in November for the Backyard Brawl solidifed that.

"When I went in the spring, I really liked the campus, but being there on game day was great. That West Virginia – Pitt game is like the Ohio StateMichigan game. I love the way the fans get fired up. I understand what that game is all about now."

Snow played both inside and outside linebacker positions for Canton McKinley, a traditional Ohio power, during his career. He started out on the outside, but moved inside to the mike spot for his final two seasons. He enjoyed playing both positions, and said it doesn't matter where West Virginia ends up placing him.

"I can play all three backers. I can be a mike, but they feel I can play all three. They thing I have the intelligence and the football smarts to do it. I am really good at stopping the run, and I get in my zone good and cover well. I can cover the dig routes and go get the ball. I read the quarterback's eyes well, and I can be a ball hawk. Right now I'm 6-2, 235 pounds, and I ran a 4.7 40 the last time I was timed."

Snow piled up career stats of 161 tackles, but had just eight behind the line. That was mostly due to a defensive coaching change that didn't have him blitzing much.

"I haven't blitzed much since my freshman year," he said with a rueful laugh. "I blitzed maybe 5-10 times total the last two years, and most of those were against the run. I know West Virginia is a blitzing team, though, and I am definitely looking forward to doing that some more. I know I can get to the quarterback."

During his senior season, Snow also had four forced fumbles, a fumble recover, an interception and seven pass breakups.

Now that his senior season is complete, Snow will concentrate on strength and conditioning during his final semester at McKinley. He won't play any spring sports, but will rather put all of his efforts into preparing himself for college, which he plans to start as early as possible.

"I'll go to West Virginia in June, but until them I'll work with my dad on workouts. He and some of my teammates will go down to a local rec center and work out together."

Snow's father, Garland Rivers, is the cornerbacks coach at McKinley and a former Michigan great who also played professionally.

Snow, who holds a cumulative 3.2 GPA and a 20 on the ACT, will have no trouble qualifying. He plans to major in sports management or business, with an eye toward a coaching career.


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