Our first encounter with 2016 Hillcrest quarterback Collin Sneed he came off a little cocky. Watching him spin the ball under the watchful eye of his personal quarterback coach Ramon Robinson you could see why he was definitely Hillcrest head coach Greg Porter's guy under center. Sneed has a lot of the personality of his head coach with such a competitive nature in him that just extends out to his teammates producing a winning combination. Cocky is a good thing when you can back it up.
The leader on the field under the guidance of Porter, the Hillcrest coaching staff, and Robinson's training culminated in the Rams winning their first AAAA Division 1 state championship this past season defeating the defending state champions Dutch Fork whom nearly anyone outside of Hillcrest predicted would win it again. That thought didn't sit well with Sneed and the Rams as they went on to rout Dutch Fork 47-17 in the title game.
We caught up with the 5'11 204 pound Sneed to talk about the latest happenings regarding his recruitment and more. Still awaiting his first scholarship offer his resume is an impressive one.
"Charlotte I liked a lot. The one thing that surprised me was how new their facilities were and how they are on the rise."
"With Furman it was really cold but I really liked it and I liked how they have a tradition there."
Sneed plans on hitting the camp circuit pretty hard this off season and he talked about some of the ones he's already got lined up soon.
"As of late NC State, Charlotte, SC State, and Yale have been recruiting me the hardest."
Sneed talked about his state championship run as he and his Rams' teammates shocked the state taking the AAAA Division 1 state championship.
"It was great, it's what our team motto was and what a lot of players do, we are all undersized and are doubted but yet we win games. In order to repeat next season we will have to work twice as hard and not think it will just be given to us."
To get better this off season Sneed shared some of the parts of his game he's focusing on to do just that.
"I'm always working on my footwork. That and just getting more familiar with my offense and looking at coverages so defenses can't trick me."
Sneed was 197-330 for 3,194 yards and 39 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions on the season.
A shade under 6 feet tall Sneed's ability to make throws, ability to move the chains with his legs when needed, and heart are things that college coaches will see when looking at his film. He talked about what else college coaches should know about him as well.
"I'm great on and off the field, I might lack a little in height but I"m still growing! I win games, I'm 27-3 as a starter and 6-1 in the playoffs. So if anyone gives me a chance I'm gonna come work hard and win games!"
His work this season saw him earn All-Region honors, win a Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award, and also named the AAAA Division 1 Offensive Player Of The Year.
We'll continue to follow Collin Sneed's recruitment as he continues to shine in the underdog role proving doubters wrong. He's hoping to convert some of those doubts into some scholarship offers here soon.
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