Kevin Snyder grew up a long way from Iowa. He still displays a pretty good knowledge of the Hawkeye football program.
"I know Coach (Kirk) Ferentz is a fantastic coach and he brings discipline to his teams," the 2011 Linebacker Recruit from Pennsylvania said. "I know they always have solid defenses out there that's put linebackers in the league (NFL) for years now. They're defensive style has always been tough."
Iowa extended a scholarship offer to Snyder last week. Rutgers, West Virginia and Army also have offered the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Cumberland Valley High in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
"We didn't talk a whole lot about what (the Hawkeyes) see in me," Snyder said. "They like my body type and how I run to the football."
As a junior, Snyder rolled up109 tackles, picked off three passes and caused four fumbles. As a running back he carried the ball 153 times for 1341 yards (8.77 yards per carry) and 22 touchdowns. He caught 28 passes for 634 yards (22.64 yards per carry) and six touchdowns.
"I think playing running back hurts me on defense sometimes," Snyder said. "With everything I put into offense, it drains me. I guess the one aspect where it helps is with speed and quickness."
Colleges believe Snyder will excel once his focus turns to one side of the ball.
"I play on the outside and feel like I can get to the ball well," he said. "I can move sideline to sideline pretty well. I need to work on getting off blockers so I can make more plays. I sometimes let them get into me too much."
Iowa linebackers coach Darrell Wilson is leading the Hawkeye recruitment of Snyder.
"He came in here a couple of weeks ago," Snyder recalled. "He told me they liked what they saw of my film and shook my hand and told me they were going to offer me."
Snyder believes his recruitment is in the initial stages.
"I feel like I haven't even started," he said. "I haven't sat down and thought much about the schools I'm interested in. I know I have to do that pretty soon, but I haven't scratched the surface yet."
A few members of Hawkeye Insider seemed offended by a comment Snyder made in regards to his Iowa offer earlier this week during a Scout.com interview. He said that he hoped the Hawkeye opportunity would bring more opportunities in the Big Ten. The quote since has been modified.
"I didn't at all mean that as a slight on Iowa," Snyder said. "It's a great offer. What I was saying is that I hope to get as many offers as possible so I have more schools to choose from. It's not that I'm selfish. I'd just like to have more to choose from if Iowa turns out not to be the right place for me."
One thing that could hurt Iowa is its distance from his home in Pennsylvania.
"Distance is a little bit of a factor," Snyder said. "My dad and I talked about it being a long way from home. It's not a huge thing, just something to think about before making my decision."
Snyder plans on trimming down his list of potential schools this summer and then taking some visits. He'd like to make a decision before his senior season.
"I know at this point of the game that all of the schools have great programs," Snyder said. "I want to know that the coaches are good guys and I can get along with the players. I don't want to be an outcast.
"I want to make sure that the program cares about it's players, but that's all second to the education."
After receiving a scholarship offer from Iowa last week, Kevin Snyder said that he hoped it would open the door for more Big Ten opportunities. The Pennsylvania LB clears up what he meant by the comment and updates Hawkeye Insider on his recruitment in this update.