Young Willie Snead emerges


It seems that every year around this time some unknown prospect makes a splash at a summer camp.

Last year, Stephen Alli made the biggest noise by traveling all the way down from New Hampshire to Gainesville to work out at a regular Florida football summer camp. What he got was the audition of a lifetime, as Florida’s coaches offered him shortly after. Because of his academic standing, Alli went from a 2010 prospect to being allowed to enroll at UF over the summer.

That doesn’t happen every year, and so few prospects can be that lucky. But there are always guys who come in with a relatively quiet recruiting life and end the summer appearing on tons of recruiting boards.

After the first day of Florida’s camp, it seemed that one of those sleepers had emerged.

His name is Willie Snead. Gator fans might remember that name. His father, Willie Snead III, played as a wide receiver at Florida in the late 1980s. Now, his son is looking to make a name for himself at the same position.

Snead, who stands at 5-foot-11, 174 pounds, has primarily played quarterback at Muskegon, Mich., Muskegon Heights. As a junior, he completed 139 of his 188 passes for 2,937 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,120 yards and 15 scores.

With his build and athleticism, he’s more suited for a career at wide receiver. He showed that he’s very capable of playing wideout by being one of the more polished receivers during drills and one-on-ones Sunday. When he wasn’t stopping on a dime or cutting directly past defenders he was beating them with pure, breakaway speed.

Snead III said his son’s recruitment is starting to pick up, claiming an offer sheet that includes Michigan State, Bowling Green, Troy, Florida International, Toledo, Cincinnati and Ball State. He recently visited Ball State and Toledo and plans to take a tour around the South this summer that will include visits to LSU, Troy and Georgia. Hopefully, the father said, they’ll be back to check out Florida again.

“Florida has interest in him,” the elder Snead said. “I don’t want them to make the decision (to offer his son) because I played here, because he’s better than I was. He wants to earn his way and I totally agree with that.”

Snead will be one to watch this summer, especially if he returns to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights in July. Expect his stock to rise considerably over the summer.


  1. I clearly remember Wilie Snead playing in the 80s and if his son is as good (or appaarently better!) than Willie Sr., then let’s get him in! He’s already a Gator by blood! This is what dynasties like Florida are all about…

  2. Aside from being a legacy recruit, Willie needs to decide where he wants to play and prepare for the next step up (whether Pro or regular work/education options). Florida has it all. Take advantage of the Florida connections in both arenas, Willie!

  3. True indeed TampaDave…Urbs and even SOS always seem to find those gems. I recall us nabbing a legacy recuit by the name of Jabbar Gaffney, who was more/less a package deal from Jax Raines, with Lito Shepard. Great info as always Edward.