Covid-19 cost Hilton Head and 2022 LB Jaylen Sneed (6-3 220) all but three games this season. But college recruiters had already seen enough of Sneed from his sophomore season to determine he was worthy of an offer. 35 of them have thought so to be exact. So, Sneed has a lot of work to do to as he collects information on the schools to determine some favorites during a time he can’t make campus visits, at least thru April 15th.
“Because of the Covid thing, I didn’t get to see any of the campuses, so I’m waiting until I see all the campuses, get to meet all the coaches in person and get an overall feel,” Sneed said. “Oregon, Virginia and Oklahoma are three I hear a lot from with text messages and phone calls. I hear from South Carolina quite a bit, mostly coach (Rod) Wilson, the linebacker coach. He really likes how fast I play, how I like to hit and tackle and make plays. I really like the the school, just waiting to make my decision. They’ll definitely be a factor as I go thru the process. I did a junior day visit there.”
Clemson has not yet offered but the Tigers are fully aware of Sneed and have been in touch.
“I’ve been talking to coach (Brent) Venables a little bit, and I’ve been talking to a couple of other coaches,” Sneed said. “They’re just saying keep your head up, stay strong and keep playing.”
Sneed has yet to visit Clemson. For that matter, he’s not taken a recruiting type visit to any of his offering schools. He has been to USC, Georgia and Alabama for games.
At this stage of his process, Sneed said it’s all about gathering information on the interested schools and see which ones might fit him the best.
“Just to soak up all the information all the coaches are telling me,” Sneed said. “Keep talking, keep making new connections and keep learning until I find my dream school. Definitely academics, coaching staff and what makes that college different from all the other ones are some things I’m looking for.”
Some of his other offers are Southern Cal, Iowa State, Duke, Indiana, UCF, Wake Forest, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Tennessee, Michigan State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Oregon.
Sneed was outstanding as a sophomore with 76 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He is rated as a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and is ranked the #5 outside linebacker in the class and the #2 prospect in South Carolina.