Pitt currently has one linebacker, Richmond (VA) Benedictine School Wendell Davis, added to their 2018 recruiting class. A player that has planted himself on the Panthers’ radar is 6-foot-2 inch, 210 pound Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic outside linebacker Robert Snead. The pass rushing specialist recently attended the Panthers upset victory over the second ranked Miami Hurricanes. Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with him about the game and his contact with the Panther program.
“I really enjoyed the game and the overall experience,” said Snead. “It was definitely a great game.”
“I was given a tour (of the facilities. When we got done with the tour and actually got to Heinz Field, the coaches were already on the field with the team stretching.”
Although Snead was unable to interact much with the Panthers’ staff, he was told they would be stopping by his school to check in on him. He has received scholarship offers from Austin Peay, Arkansas State and Morgan State but he’s hoping for additional offers a the future.
When asked to elaborate on his game day experience, he stated, “Oh it was great. I mean I have to say that it was the best college game that I’ve seen live. I was there with my dad. It was the most down to hear crowd that I have ever been around as well. You can see why Pitt is the way it is. Everybody was really upbeat and loving the team.”
Snead has expressed strong interest in the Panther football program. When asked about the level of contact he has had with Pitt, he stated, “Coach (Tim) Salem invited me to the game and then Salem, when I left, he texted me and said that he would visiting me at my high school. He did come to our practice but I didn’t get a chance to talk to him but he also hit me back later on that night and told me he’s going to be back at some point.”
Snead’s senior season has been limited by injury. After fracturing his foot, he was only able to participate in four regular season game. He’s hoping college coaches focus on his long term potential.
“My biggest strength is my pass rush. My first step … I’m really explosive off the ball. I mean getting to the quarterback or getting a backfield hit is usually what my main thing that stands out about me. I have speed to cover as well. I’m not in a position right now to cover, because, like I said, I’m on a new team. I was hurt most of the season, so when I came back I didn’t have time to learn their system.”
“I’m playing out of position. I come in on blitzes as a standup defensive end, so I’m going against three hundred pound guys but still trying to do what I got to do.”
Snead and the Bergen Catholic Crusaders finished their season winning the Non-Public Group 4 championship 44-7 over second ranked St. Peter’s Prep. He can finally focus on recruiting and he’s hoping that Pitt takes notice.
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru