Springfield’s Snodgrass commits to Kentucky


Thaddeus Snodgrass had 19 scholarship offers, and by Thursday, after a long recruiting process, he had narrowed it down to four: Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisville and South Carolina.

On Friday, the 6-foot-1, 184-pound junior wide receiver from Springfield High School decided to make his choice, and the Wildcat will remain a Wildcat.

Snodgrass verbally committed to the University of Kentucky because “because of the family atmosphere, the academics and the offense,” he said. “It just felt like home.”

Snodgrass, the 198th-ranked junior and the 24th-ranked wide receiver in the country, according to Rivals.com, also had offers from Cincinnati, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue, to name a few.

Snodgrass won’t officially sign until next February, and Springfield coach Eric Gillespie expected other schools to keep pursuing Snodgrass. He’s the second player from the class of 2014 to commit to Kentucky.

“It’s all about finding the best fit,” Gillespie said. “Of all places, he’s been (to Kentucky) the most. He’s been down to watch the spring game. He’s been down to a basketball game. If you like something, you’re going to keep coming back. There was something he saw: the new coach, new staff. It’s good timing-wise for a freshman.”

Kentucky hired Mark Stoops in November. Stoops, the brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, had been the defensive coordinator at Florida State for three seasons. The new offensive coordinator Neal Brown coached one of the nation’s top passing offenses the last three seasons at Texas Tech.

“They play more receivers than Ohio State and Notre Dame,” Snodgrass said.

Snodgrass caught 18 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns last season. He’s excited he’ll get a chance to play in the SEC, where he could cross paths with former teammate Trey DePriest, who will be a junior at Alabama in the fall. He’s also happy to get the decision out of the way.

“I’m going to be playing against people are going to be in the NFL,” Snodgrass said. “I’m looking forward to it, but now I can focus on my team and not go to all these camps.”

Gillespie also announced two other Wildcats, both seniors, have made college choices. Lineman Brandon Ehlinger will play at Ashland, and quarterback Chris Wallace will play at Muskingum.


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