Virginia is adding talent all over the field in the 2009 recruiting class and added further depth at defensive end earlier today with the addition of Glen Allen (Va.) Deep Run defensive end Jake Snyder. The 6-foot-5, 237-pounder gave his pledge to Al Groh and his staff today over offers from eight other colleges.
"I called Coach Mike Groh and just told him I was thinking about a decision for a long time and I was ready to say I wanted to play for Virginia," he said. "He was really excited. He welcomed me and then gave the phone to Al Groh. I talked to a few other coaches, Coach Poindexter and Price. They were all excited and made me feel welcome.
"All of them said I was the kind of guy they were looking for. I fit into their program and they reassured me."
Snyder discussed what made him select the Cavaliers.
"I've been thinking about it a long time," he said. "I sat down with my family last weekend and for me academics were my No. 1 priority. Virginia is one of the best schools in the country. I like the football program and coaches as well as the whole atmosphere at the school. I think I fit in well there and I've been there a lot."
Snyder's brother is a walk-on for the football team. How big of a factor was that?
"My brother was good about letting me make my own decision and not forcing me one way or another," he said. "He gave me the information and let me do my own thing. He was very excited when I told him and I look forward to playing with him. In the end it turned out right."
The Commonwealth defensive end confirmed the coaches haven't discussed playing time yet.
Snyder posted 58 tackles, eight sacks and four interceptions as a junior last season.