|HometownSan Ramon, CA|
|High schoolCalifornia High School|
Matt Snyder officially committed to the Huskers on Dec. 30, becoming the 14th known member of Nebraska's 2015 recruiting class. Then, on Jan. 30, Snyder reaffirmed his commitment to Nebraska after a late push by Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.
Originally an Oregon State commit, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end received an offer from Nebraska shortly after Mike Riley accepted the head coaching job in Lincoln, then decided to flip less then a month later.
Snyder caught 17 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns his senior year. The California High School product is a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services, and at the time of his flip from Oregon State to Nebraska, Snyder held offers from California, Idaho, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State, Utah State and Yale. According to various recruiting sites, Snyder visited NU, Oregon State and Cal. The Nebraska visit came in the second week of December, shortly after Riley's hiring.
Harbaugh started pursuing Snyder after the coach was hired in Ann Arbor. He offered Snyder a scholarship, and the tight end took an official visit.
ESPN's recruiting profile (subscribers only) describes Snyder as a player with good size and a frame that can grow, average speed, and as a ball-control player who "should have the mid-level power conference schools excited about his future."
247Sports lists Bruce Read, Nebraska's new special teams coordinator and a California native, as Snyder's lead recruiter. Read had also been involved with Snyder's recruitment to Oregon State.
The World-Herald's Sam McKewon notes that Snyder, the first tight end of the 2015 class, "could have a shot at immediate playing time at Nebraska, as the Huskers are low on tight ends after the announced transfer of Greg Hart. Both Cethan Carter and Sam Cotton will be juniors."
Snyder becomes the first member of NU's 2015 class from the state of California. NU had zero recruits from the Golden State in 2014 after nabbing three — I-back Terrell Newby, quarterback Johnny Stanton and safety Drake Martinez — in 2013. Martinez transferred from the program in June 2014.
On signing day, Snyder joined World-Herald readers for a live chat. Read the full transcript here.
The tight end announced his commitment on Twitter:
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Coachspeak: “I don’t really think he’s filled into his body yet. He’s going to be a really big kid. He’s already 245 pounds, and he could easily put on another 20 or 30 pounds and not slow down. So I think he’s just a real rangy, tall, big and strong kid.” — Eric Billeci, San Ramon head coach, to HuskerOnline.com
Our take: The top Oregon State tight ends caught a combined 52 passes last season and 65 the year before. NU returns Cethan Carter and Sam Cotton, but Snyder might get a look if he can come in and make an August impact.
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