Hillcrest used to struggle battling AAAA powers over the past decade or more but since head coach Greg Porter arrived the program is on the upswing. Last season they lost to Sumter in the playoffs and ended their season with an 11-2 record. One of Porter's top returning prospects is 2016 quarterback Collin Sneed. A true competitor who is working hard to show schools he's a true prospect to chase at quarterback despite standing 5'11 Sneed is starting to show he's more than capable of doing so on the next level in the right offense. That's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
As we mentioned before Sneed helped guide the Rams to a 11-2 record before losing to Sumter who went on to play for the AAAA Division 1 state championship losing to Dutch Fork. The excitement has been building around the Rams' program and Sneed is their general on the field.
Fresh off a camp with Duke Sneed spoke to SCPrepNation.com about his time in Durham with the Blue Devils.
"It was great, the coaches I talked to said I did really good. I met the recruiting coordinator for our area and also got contact info from Davidson and Wingate while I was there."
"When I was throwing they would say good ball and stuff like that. I didn't really get a good chance to talk with them afterwards."
The Blue Devils aren't the only schools showing interest in the 2016 prospect from Hillcrest either.
"I've gotten a lot of people to send me their camp information like North Carolina, Wake Forest, NC State, Georgia, Duke, South Carolina, Clemson, Old Dominion wants me to come up and throw and if I do really good they would talk about an offer they said. LSU, Arkansas, Virginia, and Oregon are some other schools that have sent some mail."
This past season obviously was a successful one for Sneed and the Rams. He shared his sophomore season stats with us.
"I was 209-274 for 2,476 yards and 30 touchdowns. I also rushed for 300+ yards."
Sneed talked about a game that stood out to him as one of his best not only because of his performance but also for the meaning it carried outside of football.
"My first game this season! It was my first varsity start against Mauldin, our cross town rival, we were at their house. I was 30-40 with 378 yards and 4 touchdowns. I also had 3 rushing attempts for 58 yards and one touchdown. We won 35-7! That was the night we also played for one of our players brother that had died from cancer."
The 2016 prospect says he's planning to camp with more schools this off season too after working out at Duke.
"We are going to Auburn for 7 on 7 now. I'm going to Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Old Dominion, South Carolina, and Georgia."
Sneed says he's wide open to hearing from any schools that want to recruit him but he does have an early list of schools he'd really love to hear from in South Carolina, North Carolina, Clemson, Missouri, and Georgia.
With his junior season coming up next year Sneed talked about some goals he's set for himself.
"My goals are to throw for 4,000 yards and 50+ touchdowns and rush for close to 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground too."
Sneed talked about the player he most relates to and tries to compare his game to to try and get better moving forward as well.
"Russell Wilson! Because we are both 5'11 and I try to be as calm as him in the pocket and manage the game. We both like to get the ball into our skill players' hands."
Looking back on his sophomore season he talked about the team that was his toughest opponent.
"Sumter was the toughest team we played! They were the team that handed us our second loss. After being up 21-0 in the first quarter! They never gave up and never laid down! Before we knew it, it was 28-28 with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter and they had the ball and they drove the ball down and kicked the game winning field goal. I have respect for their refusal to quit."
Looking ahead to what factors are going to be important for him when choosing a college in a few years Sneed shed some light on it for us.
"Playing time, my relationship with the coaches, proximity to home, but if it comes down to it I would be willing to going away from home."
He talked about the areas where he wants to improve and where his current strengths are regarding his game.
"I just want to get better learning the offense, always working on my mechanics, and deciding where to check down or run."
"My biggest strengths are my decision making, footwork, accuracy, and arm strength."
To continue to get better Sneed has been working out with in-state quarterback trainer Ramon Robinson. Sneed talked about what aspects of his game Robinson has helped him make the most gains so far.
"In every aspect he's helped my mechanics, footwork, accuracy, balance, and throwing the ball with different velocities."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Collin Sneed as he continues to work hard to try and impress college coaches during the next two seasons.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...COLLIN SNEED
Bench press: 265 pounds
Squat: 385 pounds
Power clean: 260 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.6 seconds
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