Player profile: Bakersfield WR Attrail Snipes

It's a funny thing what fate holds for us. Bakersfield WR Attrail Snipes (5-9, 175) is a player that fate seemed to look down upon, but he's made his way, against all odds to a solid JC football program and he's on the verge of realizing his dream of playing major college football.

"I had a tough time in high school," Snipes told recently. "I had to move around a little bit and live with some different family members and some other friends and stuff. It was tough."

So tough that Snipes, who by all accounts is a very good student, struggled to stay eligible during his time at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.

In the span of four year, Snipes said he had to move 39 times, relocating to homeless shelters and the homes of relatives. As a freshman, while his classmates were experiencing their first year in high school, he was experiencing life in a shelter.

He received a fifth-year from the WIAA in 2005, allowing him to return to school as a 19-year old senior and, in the meantime, went on to set several state and school records in the process.

In 2005, Snipes won the 400 meters in the 3A State track championships and burned up the track as the anchor to Beach's 4 X 100 team as well.

He also posted solid number on the gridiron, posting 24 catches for 640 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2004 and followed that up with 50 catches for 1222 yards and 12 more scores as a senior.

He was named the Metro League Sound Division Offensive Player of the Year.

"That was a pretty special way to end my career at school, but I knew I wanted to move on to the next level so I hoped it was just a stepping stone," Snipes said.

After failing to qualify -- he posted a solid 3.5 GPA but he didn't have enough core classes to meet the NCAA Clearinghouse requirements -- Snipes looked around for a JC program that could help him move on and it was his hometown school the pointed him in the right direction.

"Actually coach (Chris) Tormey at Washington was talking to me and he knew I needed to find a place to go so he called up the Bakersfield coaches to see about placing me there," Snipes said. "He basically put in a good word for me and I think it was a good fit because the offense here fits me pretty good and they (the Bakersfield coaches) found a place for me to stay so I didn't have to pay too much because I didn't have a lot of money."

As a freshman on the Renegades squad, Snipes had a solid year considering he was a bit slight compared to the other players out there.

"I finished second on the team in receptions," Snipes said. "I had 21 catches for 399 yards and five touchdowns.

"I only returned a couple of kicks last year, but this year they're going to use me back there more so hopefully I will get more chances to touch the ball."

On the recruiting front, Snipes is hearing from several schools who want to get his legit 4.3 speed into the fold.

"Iowa State, Kansas, LSU, Missouri and Oregon State have all sent me stuff and I've talked to most of the coaches too," Snipes said. "USC just called my coaches the other day and asked for film on me so they seem to be pretty interested too.

"I was planning on going to Hawaii when I finished high school so they're another school that has kept in contact with me and that I'll take a long look at.

"I'm basically open to everyone right now. It's just starting to get to the point where schools are talking to me so I can wait a while and see what comes up."

Wherever Snipes ends up, he plans to major in Architecture or Graphic Design and he'll finish up his two year degree in December with three years to play two.

Stay tuned to to hear more about this amazingly talented and very determined player.

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