Snyder Picks Iowa
Brandon Snyder Publisher
Posted Jan 29, 2014

Inwood (Iowa) West Lyon Senior Brandon Snyder accepted a walk-on opportunity with Iowa on Wednesday. The safety spoke with Hawkeye Insider about his choice.

Tuesday night, North Dakota State extended a scholarship offer to Brandon Snyder. A day later, the Inwood (Iowa) West Lyon senior accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity with Iowa.

Snyder played host to Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz on Wednesday at his school. Iowa landed junior lineman Jake Newborg from West Lyon last summer.

The Hawkeyes recruited Snyder as a safety. They've experienced success with walk-ons at that position with players such as Sean Considine, Derek Pagel and Brett Greenwood.

"We talked quite a bit about it," Snyder said about Wednesday's conversation with Ferentz. "He talked about how much time those guys put in. When it's eight o'clock at night on the weekend, those guys were in the film room. They worked hard in the weight room. They worked hard in the off-season because they wanted to be on the field.

"What can I contribute to the University of Iowa? Those guys took that to heart and put the necessary work in."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Snyder helped West Lyon win a state title in the fall. He played quarterback and defensive back.

Snyder officially visited Iowa two weeks ago and North Dakota State this past weekend. The Hawkeyes rose above the chance to have school paid for from the start.

"I just really saw that as the place I could see myself playing the next five years," Snyder said. "The culture of the program and the coaching staff, that's where I wanted to be. I couldn't see myself playing anywhere else."

Ferentz talked Wednesday about Iowa's success with walk-ons across the board.

"That really hit home with me," Snyder said. "If I come in and work hard and work with a chip on my shoulder, I can get on the field. I can see myself doing that."

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