Big news for Rutgers football recruiting. Three-star quarterback and Class of 2019 commit Cole Snyder was named All-USA New York State First-Team quarterback last Thursday. The news comes after Snyder recently signed his National Letter of Intent during the Early Signing Day period.
Snyder has been onboard with the Scarlet Knights since June. The six-foot-two, 195-pound quarterback chose Rutgers over offers from FCS schools. Pitt and Syracuse also showed some interest in the Western New York native.
Although 247sports.com lists Snyder as a pro-style quarterback, he is an incredibly gifted playmaker. He is a three sport athlete, and has 23 records to his name as a Southwestern High School football star. In his career, Snyder has passed for 5,302 yards and 75 touchdowns. He’s made some noise as a defensive back (63 tackles and an interception), and is a decent punter, too.
According to The Post Journal, Snyder is a decorated hockey player, who at one time, didn’t even want to play football. Luckily for Rutgers, he changed his mind.
Snyder has the desire and ability to get in the mix of a quarterback competition, but he’ll need time to develop his game. Rutgers has put a lot of faith in Snyder, and he’ll look to make good on his commitment. Given the current state of affairs surrounding the quarterback position, he’ll have plenty of chances to make an impact, if he chooses to do so.
He doesn’t have all the physical tools to set him apart. His height varies on different sites, from six-foot to six-foot-two. That shouldn’t concern fans. Currently, Rutgers has a six-foot-five quarterback who threw 18 interceptions. Snyder does have great football IQ, an accurate arm and gratitude for the role he’s in.
Looking at the game tape, Snyder has great pocket presence and feel for pressure. He goes through his progressions very well, which is something you don’t always see from a young passer.
It looks like Snyder’s played mostly out of the shotgun, but he seems like a quick enough learner to get under the center and start making plays. Speaking of playmaking, he has enough athleticism to make a scramble in a pinch. His arm strength is serviceable, but the short to mid level passing game is where he seems to excel the most.
Snyder stock continues to rise, and it looks like he can add immediate value to Rutgers program. He’s a coachable, drive athlete that could be a culture changer and great locker room piece.