The Ohio State Buckeyes will have to wait a while to see the benefits, but they landed a commitment from 2018 4-star RB Brian Snead.
— Campaign_B6 (@snead655) July 23, 2016
247Sports grades Snead at the 80th-best prospect overall, the sixth best running back and the 17th-best overall in the state of Florida. Measuring in at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, he definitely projects as more of a speedy back, either running to the edges or catching passes.
Scouts see him differently. They say he’s not a speed burner, but runs with purpose and keeps his legs churning through contact. Scout.com projects him as a good three-down back at the college level.
In two years so far at Armwood High School, he has played in 22 games. He only registered 34 carries as a freshman and averaged 24.4 yards per game. He broke out in his second year, carrying 174 times for 1227 yards and 17 touchdowns. His yards per game rose to 7.1, and he had six games where he ran for over 100 yards.
Snead had offers from 12 schools, including Michigan, Tennessee and Florida State. 247Sports predicted a 50-50 chance that he would choose either Ohio State of Florida State. He ultimately decided to leave his home state and join the Buckeyes.
Ohio State has only lost four games in four years under head coach Urban Meyer. In 2015, they won the Sugar Bowl and the College Football Championship. Last season, they finished 12-1 and won the Fiesta Bowl over Notre Dame.
Snead is the first recruit Ohio State has lined up for the 2018 season. He is one of only a handful of recruits to commit so early.