Back in the month of June, Fort Dorchester High School senior offensive lineman prospect, Avery Snipes, informed us that a decision on his college destination would be forthcoming this fall. Well on this past Monday, the 6-3, 280-pounder stuck to his word, and went public with his verbal pledge.
Snipes took the social media route on his 18th birthday, to make it known that he would be staying in-state to suit up for the SC State Bulldogs next season. The Lowcountry star’s decision came just days after a recent visit to Orangeburg, to watch the Bulldogs take on the Aggies of North Carolina A&T last Saturday.
The atmosphere was insane,” said Snipes. “I loved the energy I felt as soon as the game started. Everybody was on their feet for mostly the entire game, and they really get behind their team up there. I really felt like it was the perfect place for me.”
SC State offered the Lowcountry talent back in May, and the coaching staff has been putting in extensive work since then, to stay on top of the Fort D star. Apparently, it’s been paying off so far…
“Well I mostly talk to Coach Saxon, the LBs coach,” Snipes explained. “He was the one who actually told me about the offer. “He’s a very cool coach that gives off good energy. That’s one thing I really look for in my coaches, the energy they give off on me. He wants me to come up for an official visit in January, so we can really make everything official.”
Being that a verbal commitment is a non-binding agreement between the prospect and a college/university, Snipes informed us that he doesn’t intend to blow off anyone that still interested in him as a prospect. He clearly understands that nothing is promised, and that anything can happen between now and National Signing Day. With that being said, several others are quite interested in the big OL.
“I’ve been invited up to Western Carolina (10/28), Gardner Webb (11/04) and to Coastal Carolina (12/02) for visits,” Snipes told The Inside Blitz. “I’ve been in touch with Coach Thompson from Campbell, and he really wants me to be a part of their program. I also spoke with Coach Bodine from Georgia Southern, and he wants my ACT scores before we move forward. He’s watched my film a few times, and he told me that I’m a for sure offer for him, but he needs my test score to go up. So, there is still a lot going on in my recruiting process.”
Although he’s being courted heavily by others, Snipes shared that SC State is where he feels the most comfortable, and that it’s going to take a lot to sway him away from his decision. Congratulations to the SC State Coaching Staff, on a great pickup for their 2018 recruiting class.