Class of ’09 Profile: Deep Run DE Jake Snyder

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In 2006, defensive end Sean Gottschalk signed with the University of Virginia. In the 2008 class, linebacker Derek Jackson has given a verbal commitment to Purdue. Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) has boasted some excellent talents in its varsity football program in recent years, and junior defensive end/tight end Jake Snyder may be the next prospect to receive a scholarship from a Division 1A program.

The 6-4, 235-pound prospect has already generated interest despite not attending any summer camps.

“I’ve been getting letters from [Virginia] Tech and Maryland and UVa,” Snyder said. “I’ve been talking with [UVa] Coach [Mike] Groh through our head coach, Coach Kendall. I’ve been up to Maryland. My second real visit on a college sideline was with Virginia [last Saturday]. That was fun. Other than that, I’ve just been getting letters.”

Snyder further discussed his visit to Virginia for last weekend’s 17-16 win over Wake Forest.

“Saturday was the first time I’d been able to go down,” Snyder said. “My family goes all the time. My brother is actually on the team, so it was cool to see that side of things. His name is Matt Snyder. He is a first year and he walked on to the team as a wide receiver.

“It was a great atmosphere. I was able to talk to some coaches. I talked to Coach Balis, who is the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Mike Groh talked to us. I talked to Coach Poindexter and met Coach London for a little bit. They said my brother has been working hard and they asked how I’ve been doing.”

According to Snyder, Deep Run head coach Greg Kendall has sent out film to several colleges. Last Saturday, Snyder handed off junior footage to primary recruiter Mike Groh. No school has offered, but Snyder is excited to get his recruitment under way.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens,” Snyder said. “I’d be happy with any offers.”

Snyder has been pleased with his performance this season, but he is not happy with how the team has fared.

“We have one more game,” Snyder said. “Individually, I thought my season went well. As a team, we didn’t do too well. We’ll probably end up being