Miami Native Eyes Official Visit to USF

Miami Native Eyes Official Visit to USF

A Miami native, who's currently excelling as a wide receiver in the junior college ranks, speaks to South Florida on a weekly basis and is contemplating taking an official visit to Tampa Bay in the fall.

Considered a "soft commit" to the Utah Utes out of the Pac-12 Conference, Brandon Snell is keeping an open mind throughout the recruitment process, with hopes of expanding his college suitors when he displays his expertise at wide receiver in his sophomore campaign this fall.

"The recruiting process is going pretty good," Snell said. "Right now, I have offers from South Florida, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Southern Mississippi, Arkansas State and South Alabama."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound sure-handed wide receiver inked with a program out of the ACC in 2012, but failed to meet the requirements to play Division I football and made the move to Garden City (KS) Community College shortly after.

"I originally signed with Louisville out of high school and I wasn't cleared by the NCAA, so I ended up coming here," Snell said. "I'm probably like a soft verbal right now. The recruiting process has changed since I decided to come back for another year."

Snell, who's a Miami native, has an opportunity to play out the rest of his career back home in the Sunshine State for the University of South Florida if he chooses to do so.

Wide receivers coach, Ron Dugans, was given the duties of handling the three-star prospect's recruitment before he opted to take the same position on Willie Taggart's coaching staff in Tampa Bay.

"For one, (USF's) in Florida and it's closer to home," Snell said. "My family could watch me play week in, week out. Ron Dugans, he's the wide receivers coach at South Florida. He was the wide receivers coach at Louisville when I came out of high school. We have a good relationship.

"We speak about once a week. If we don't talk on the phone, he'll talk to me on Facebook."

The 2014 season is vastly approaching and Snell will have the opportunity to use up the five official visits that the NCAA issues student-athletes before they head off to continue their careers at a Division I program.

"I'm not too sure right now which schools I'll be visiting," Snell said. "Right now, I'm thinking about visiting South Florida, Florida State and Arizona State, but I don't know when exactly."

Snell will have just two seasons to showcase his skill-set following the 2014 season, so the opportunity to make an impact once he sets foot on a campus will be a significant factor in the decision-making process.

"I want to come in and be the No. 1 or No. 2 wide receiver," Snell said. "I'm looking for a place where I can play right now and help a team."

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