April 15, 2008

Spartans like tough Ohio linebacker

The state of Ohio is always loaded with high-level linebacker prospects and 2009 is no exception. SpartanMag.com recently caught up with one of the best prospects in the Buckeye State for next year, Chris Snook of Highland High School.

Snook is a 6-foot-3, 227-pound prospect that is known for being tough and physical on the football field. Last year he excelled on both sides of the ball, rushing for over 1400 -yards and making numerous big hits. For his efforts he was named All-League, All-District and All-State.

Snook currently has 8 scholarships on the table. BCS programs such as West Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest and Cincinnati have already extended him a scholarship. Snook was recently in East Lansing and he provided us with some thoughts about Michigan State University.

"It is pretty amazing. It is a big school and they have a great football atmosphere. You can tell the program is headed in the right direction under Coach Dantonio.

Coach Narduzzi is recruiting snook for the Spartan. The Spartans are one of the teams that like Snooks' versatility. Snook could not only play linebacker at the next level, but he could also possibly play full back or H-back. The Spartan see Snook as a linebacker first

"I was able to talk with Coach Dantonio for about ten minuets Snook said. He said that Coach Narduzzi and Coach Tressel both really like my film and he just needs to reviver it and then they will make a decision, hopefully I will get an offer from Michigan State."

In addition to the Spartans, team such as Wisconsin, N.C. State, UConn, Indiana and Illinois are also actively involved in recruiting Snook. The in-state Buckeyes are also keeping in touch.

Snook ahs a busy next couple of weeks planned. In addition to running track for his highs school team (100M/200M and relays), he also hopes to hit several more colleges for visits. This coming weekend he will in West Virginia for the Mountaineers Spring Game. He also plans on hitting a few more Big Ten schools and a return trip to Michigan State is likely.

Physically Snook is one of the more impressive recruits in Ohio for the class of 2009. In addition to his great size, Snook is also incredibly strong and fast. He has benched pressed 375-pounds and has clocked a forty-yard dash in the 4.5 range. He also has a 31-inch vertical jump.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Chris Snook. Coach Dantonio knows that you can win Big Ten and national championships with hard-nosed linebacker from Ohio. It would not be a shock if Snook picks up a Spartan scholarship offer sometime this summer.

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