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'05 OH QB Doug Snider (UNC - Greensboro baseball signee)



Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220
Position: QB
High School: Walsh Jesuit HS
(Cuyahoga Falls, OH)

One of the best QBs in Ohio. Big, sturdy kid with a D-I arm and shows plenty of athleticism.


Posted on Tue, Nov. 09, 2004
Mayberry on recruiting

Walsh Jesuit quarterback stuck on hold
Snider very frustrated by the college recruiting process. KSU only suitor
By Darnell Mayberry
Beacon Journal staff writer

Being recruited is not always what it's cracked up to be. Walsh Jesuit quarterback Doug Snider can attest to that.

He has been through the camps, the flurry of attention. He's also come to learn the other side. The side in which coaches back off, the side filled with what seem to be broken promises.

Snider, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound right-handed thrower, has only received one offer -- from Kent State of the Mid-American Conference. He was in contact with Ohio State throughout the spring, but the Buckeyes got an oral commitment from quarterback Rob Schoenhoft of Cincinnati St. Xavier.

Miami became his top choice, but the RedHawks went with Daniel Raudabaugh, a quarterback prospect out of Coppell, Texas. Miami didn't originally think it would land him.

``It's frustrating when I'm not on the field,'' said Snider of the process. ``Everybody's asking me, `Where are you going? Who's offered you?' And it's frustrating to tell them there's only one.''

Snider, who has a strong arm and throws an exceptional deep ball, has completed 243 passes for 4,458 yards and 38 touchdowns in his career. He's been clocked at 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That time and his size might be the main reason coaches aren't biting.

``It seems like there's been a number of situations that didn't work out,'' Walsh coach Gerry Rardin said. ``A couple have said that Doug doesn't fit exactly what they want. A good number of teams are going to that spread offense where they're looking for that more agile, running type of quarterback, and Doug is more of a drop-back quarterback.''

Snider seemingly has done all the right things. Three days a week, he made trips to the weight room at 6:30 a.m. during the off-season. He worked on his footwork, ball handling and passing on other days, often throwing every pass in the playbook. He went to seven camps over the spring and summer where he tried to showcase his talent against some of the best prospects.

``I went to camp with Rob Schoenhoft at Ohio State and I threw just as well as he and I was just as fast, if not faster,'' Snider said. ``But he's 6-5, 6-6 and so that's a big plus for him and a minus for me.''

Snider is listed by Ohio High Magazine as the 76th-best senior football prospect in the state and fifth best at quarterback. Schoenhoft is ranked second at quarterback and 43rd overall. No one can say for sure why his attention has tailed off.

``All through my junior year, I'd get pulled out of class to talk to Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Boston College, almost every major college team that you can think of,'' Snider said. ``And then nobody followed up on anything. That was a major disappointment to me.''

Snider has confided in Dan Larlham, the quarterback coach at Walsh, about his situation. Larlham accepted a scholarship to play quarterback at Michigan State after graduating from Walsh Jesuit in 1999. He redshirted his first year before transferring to Division III Baldwin-Wallace, where he was a four-year starter.

``What I tell Doug is Division I football is good for some people and not good for some people,'' Larlham said. ``Now, for Doug, it might be. But I want Doug to make sure he knows what he's doing for the next four years.''

Snider, who also plays baseball for Walsh, has looked into baseball at schools such as Marietta, North Carolina-Greensboro and Western Kentucky. He said he wouldn't want to play Division II or III football.

``I'm just going to go with whatever I feel is right and wherever I feel I'm going to be happy,'' Snider said. ``I don't want to be uncomfortable or unhappy for four years.''

The only sure thing is a smaller school will land a player with somewhat of a chip on his shoulder, determined to succeed.

``If I go to a MAC school, and they always play Big Ten teams early in the season, I want to start. I want to play against them to show them that I can do it... to prove that they should not have looked me over,'' he said
EDIT: Doug signed a baseball scholarship with University of North Carolina - Greensboro.

Walsh Jesuit website

Walsh Jesuit’s Doug Snider commits to UNCG
Two-sport star opts to play baseball

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, February 14, 2005 — Walsh Jesuit senior Douglas W. Snider, 18, has made an oral commitment to continue his academic and baseball career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. UNCG is a member of the Southern Conference.

Snider, a 6’-2”, 210-pound standout baseball player — and quarterback — mulled multiple career paths and offers before deciding on the Spartans under Head Coach Mike Gaski, who also serves as the President of USA Baseball.

Snider, who plays first and third base, is a three year letter-winner with the Warriors and earned the honor of Most Improved Player last season. As a member of the 2004 state championship team, he batted .358 with three HR and 25 RBI.

On the football field, Snider was a three-year starter and two-year captain for the Warriors whose outstanding play helped the team advance to the playoffs twice. He earned All-State Honorable Mention, was named to the 1st Team All-District, and broke four school records.

With his commitment to UNCG, Snider becomes the fourth baseball player in the class of 2005 to advance to the NCAA Division I level, and the 11th baseball player overall from the state-winning club to advance to the DI level.

“Above all else, Doug Snider is a tremendous leader and a true professional in the sense of how he goes about his business and how he treats others,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “Considering his many options, it has been an exciting journey that culminated with a terrific decision to play for Coach Gaski at UNCG. At Walsh Jesuit, we are fortunate to have Doug back for another year on the baseball field. I look forward to his athleticism — and especially his outstanding character, tenacity, and friendship.”

At UNCG, Snider intends to major in business management. He is the son of Kathy and George Snider of Aurora, Ohio.

The Walsh Jesuit baseball program was a state final four contender in 1989 and captured the Division II state championship in 2004 and 1999. Kaczmar, a 1988 Walsh Jesuit graduate, is in his 11th year of coaching at Walsh Jesuit and enters his ninth as head baseball coach (188-49).

Walsh Jesuit is a Catholic, college preparatory high school and one of 47 Jesuit secondary schools in the United States. Recognized twice as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education (the only high school in Northeast Ohio to receive this prestigious award twice), Walsh Jesuit operates in the spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola, guiding its students to be intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious, and committed to doing justice. Founded in 1964 and located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the school has a coed enrollment of nearly 900.
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