Last Sunday’s visit to the University of Virginia certainly was not the first for Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) defensive end Jake Snyder , but the talented junior did see and learn some new things about UVa that he didn’t know before. The 6-4, 235-pound prospect discussed the junior day experience and gave the latest on his recruitment.
“It was good to see Virginia in a more full aspect than I’ve ever seen before,” Snyder said. “I got there at 11:30 in the morning and the game was at 4 in the afternoon. I got to see the Lawn, which I’d never seen before. I learned more academically than I realized before. I met with advisors. It seemed like they were all about the students. They talked about how Virginia is ranked like an Ivy League school and how it is one of the best public schools in the country.”
The entire junior day experience was a positive for the Deep Run star.
“There is nothing negative,” Snyder said of his time at UVa. “There was a lot of stuff I had already seen before. The fans at the basketball game were cool. It gave me the perspective that they love sports there. At the football stadium, we went down on the field. It was cool looking up and imagining all of the fans there.”
Virginia and Virginia Tech are currently the only two schools to extend official scholarship offers right now, but a handful of other programs are showing significant interest.
“I talked to a Duke coach on the phone. I talked to a Stanford coach a little bit. I talked to a Tennessee coach. I’ve gotten mail from Connecticut, Syracuse and Maryland. Those are the main ones,” Snyder said of the interest he is receiving from other programs.
Snyder has not made a visit to Virginia Tech, but he hopes to change that in the near future.
“I’m trying to get to Tech this spring,” Snyder said.
Is there a favorite at this time?
“It is still pretty early to tell. I do like Virginia a lot. I love going there, but I’m keeping an open mind,” Snyder said.
As a junior last season, Snyder recorded 58 tackles with eight sacks and tallied four interceptions...
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