Although the main focus continues to be 2008 recruiting, the Virginia football staff is also looking ahead to the 2009 class and has sent out scholarship offers this fall. Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) defensive end Jake Snyder , a 6-4, 235-pound prospect, was a recipient of Virginia’s latest round of offers.
“It was my first offer,” Snyder said. “It is exciting. It was good to see that Virginia cared enough to extend the offer.”
For some recruits, it does not matter if a team is the first to offer. That does not seem to be the case with Snyder.
“It definitely meant a lot to me,” Snyder said of Virginia being the first school to offer a scholarship. “Some schools, once another school offers then they figure they should, too. UVa offering first means something because they decided by themselves that I was worth it.”
When we last spoke with Snyder, he had just visited Charlottesville for Virginia’s home football win over Wake Forest. He discussed what happened from that point until the day he received his offer.
“I went up there for that game,” said Snyder, whose brother Matt is a walk-on freshman wide receiver at UVa. “I gave them game film while I was there. After the season, Coach Kendall told me that he had talked to the coaches. Mike Groh came by one day. I saw him in the hall. It was only a little bit after that that they offered.”
Shortly after receiving the offer, Snyder was in touch with head coach Al Groh.
“Coach Groh said it is better to do some things sooner than later,” Snyder recalled. “He looked at my film and liked what he saw. He said they liked my brother a lot. They like his work ethic. They looked into it and decided to go ahead and offer.”
Although he is excited, Snyder is not ready to make a decision just yet.
“I talked to my parents about it,” Snyder said. “I also talked to Coach Kendall and Coach Pritchard. I’m going to wait for a little bit at least. Virginia Tech said they were going to come by and most likely they’ll offer. I’ll see what other schools offer. Maybe I’ll send out some more tape. I definitely don’t want to keep waiting forever, though. Hopefully, I’ll have a decision before next season.”
Virginia is the favorite right now for Snyder, who discussed a few other programs he is interested...
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