August 11, 2011

2014 receiver impressing

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The Dayton area is always good for some high-level prospects but the last few years have been particularly impressive as the area has produced several elite national prospects. In the 2014 class, the Dayton area already has one prospect that has been opening eyes this summer on the camp circuit in Springfield (Ohio) product Thaddeus Snodgrass. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver has already landed a verbal offer from Toledo.

"I was excited," said Snodgrass of the offer. "I went to their camp and they liked my speed, my hands, and my routes."

Snodgrass ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at the Toledo camp and the speed burner already has five schools that he says he likes.

"I like Michigan State, Georgia, Miami (FL), Ohio State, and Penn State," he said. "With Michigan State, I just like their coach (Mark Dantonio) and just their whole program. With Ohio State I like the offense they run. Penn State, I like their tradition. With Miami, they have good receiver coaches. With Georgia, they always have good receivers and I like their offense."

Though Snodgrass did play in four varsity games last season, his role will be greatly expanded this fall and he's excited about opening up his sophomore season at Nippert Stadium in the Crosstown Showdown against perennial power Cincinnati St. Xavier.

"I'm looking forward to trying to knock them off," he said. "I think we have a really good team this year. I think we are capable of going to (the state championship). We just need to keep our intensity up."

Snodgrass has set the bar high for his team but his individual goals are pretty high as well and there's one in particular that he's particularly hoping to reach.

"My biggest goal for the season is to get over 1,000 yards receiving," he said.


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