Defensive end/tight end Clinton Snyder (6-4, 215, 4.6) from Spring Valley (Calif.) Monte Vista is off to a good start in 2004. Snyder, best known for his pass rushing prowess, is living up to his rep in the early going.
Snyder and his Monte Vista teammates are off to a sweet 2-0 start in defense of their San Diego Section CIF title. He is just as good in the classroom as he is on the football field. He has the grades to play for any school in the country.
So far in 2004, Snyder has somewhere between 15 and 20 tackles on the season. A sack master, Snyder has already racked up four sacks. He also has around six tackles for loss in two games.
Snyder is being double teamed most the time especially during passing situations. When he isn’t it’s because the opposition is running away from him and they’re doing that quite often.
Snyder also is playing tight end, but he hasn’t caught a pass because Monte Vista is a run oriented team.
The phone at the Snyder household has been ringing off the hook. He has received calls from everyone in the Pac-10 except USC. He has also received calls from San Diego State, Wyoming, Duke, Harvard and Fresno State.
Snyder has offers from UCLA, Cal, Colorado State, Wyoming, San Diego State and Harvard.
Snyder has an early top three schools of UCLA, Cal and Stanford.
“I’m going to figure out who I’m going to visit as a soon as I can,” Snyder said. “I will probably end up visiting UCLA, Cal, and Stanford. After those three, I’m pretty open.”
As a junior, Snyder was a one-man wrecking crew. He broke the school record for solo tackles with 90, tackles for loss with 22 and sacks with 17 ½.
Snyder was selected League and Area Defensive Player of the Year in addition to being selected first-team all-CIF and all-county for his performance in 2003.
Snyder’s performance was one of the reasons that Monte Vista has an 11-2 record and won the San Diego Section CIF Division II championship.
In an earlier interview with BruinBlitz.com former Monte Vista head coach Ed Carberry said, “Clinton was either held or made the play. He has every tool that you could want a defensive end to have.”
“I think Clinton is the best defensive player in the county,” Carberry said. “He could be the best defensive player I coached in my 15 years at Monte Vista.”
“I would recommend Clinton to any school in the country,” Carberry said. “He can play for any school in the country.”
Snyder carries a lofty 4.47 GPA and scored a 1240 SAT.