Matt Snyder Balls Out on Eve of Cal Official

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- California High School takes to the air on Friday, with tight end Matt Snyder having his best game of the year on both sides of the ball with several Pac-12 coaches in attendance.

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Isaiah Floyd was the big star of Friday’s 21-14 win for Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill over San Ramon (Calif.) California with his near-200 all-purpose yards, but the Grizzlies had a star of their own in 2015 tight end/defensive end Matt Snyder. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder hauled in four passes for 82 yards, adding six tackles, one tackle for loss, three quarterback hurries and one pancake block while under the watchful eyes of three Pac-12 coaches, including Oregon State head coach Mike Riley and California head coach Sonny Dykes, accompanied by receivers coach Rob Likens.

“That probably was one of my better games,” Snyder said. “We came out with a run attack, and it worked well, but not really, towards the end, so we spread it out, and Jacob [Woolridge] did well. We just couldn’t get the W.”

His prowess on the receiving end this season has opened the eyes of many coaches who saw him as a defensive end, and now, all schools recruiting him are looking at him as a tight end, even the Golden Bears, who have started using more true tight-end sets featuring Foothill grad Ray Hudson.

“Even Berkeley, even though they don’t really run with one, they said that I could play tight end if I want,” said Snyder. “They have been running with it, so we’ll see. I have my official, well, right now, so I’ll talk to them.”

As soon as Snyder finished, he hugged his grandparents and hit the showers, ready to drive over to Berkeley for his official visit with Cal, which faces UCLA at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“I appreciate the coaches coming out to watch,” Snyder said. “It means a lot to me. It was cool. I’m excited to see all the [Cal] coaches. They’re all fun.”

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