Cody Snow Signs with Bluefield College
Forbush High School soccer star, Cody Snow, signs to play for BC...
March 30, 2011
Courtesy of Eric Lusk
Yadkin Valley Sports
For some high school athletes seeking to play in college, making that final decision on where to go can be agonizing.
Not so for Forbush soccer standout Cody Snow, who recently signed a letter of intent to join Bluefield College's program.
Cody Snow of Forbush recently signed to play soccer for Bluefield College, located in SW Virginia. Snow poses here with his parents, Jennifer and Scott Snow; Forbush coach Seth David and Bluefield coach Peter Dryer. Not pictured: Bethanie Snow, Cody's sister.
"It really wasn't that hard of a decision," Snow said. "I decided on Bluefield because it was a good fit for me. I liked the atmosphere, with it being a small town like Yadkinville. It had the Christian environment that I was looking for and a soccer program that I felt that I could play with.
"My family and I prayed about it for a while and decided that this was where I was supposed to spend the next four years of my life."
Snow started all four years at Forbush for coach Seth Davis. He began as an outside back on defense, then later moved to the all-important position of center midfielder.
Snow earned all-conference and all-region status as a junior and senior. He scored 12 goals and had a team-high 14 assists this past fall, helping Forbush win another conference regular season championship. In his final three years with the program, the Falcons won 65 games on the field, lost just five and tied two.
"Over the years, he has gotten stronger and faster," Davis said. "I think he is going to be a good player for (Bluefield). He may not go in as a freshman and start, but he is going to be a key player for them before long because of his intelligence and his awareness on the field."
Bluefield plays at the NAIA level. The Rams currently compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference but will shift to the very competitive Mid-South Conference in 2012.
"It's a conference that has had multiple national champions," said Bluefield coach Peter Dryer, who came to Forbush to attend Snow's signing day in person earlier this month. "We'll be competing against the best."
Dryer said he took notice of Snow while watching him play in a club tournament in Winston-Salem.
"I was real impressed with his play," the coach said. "He tackles hard. He works hard on the field and has a positive attitude. He is very coachable from what his coaches say. I was excited with how he played and how he carried himself and his commitment to working hard."
Snow said he first started playing soccer at age 5 while his family lived in Arcadia. His family moved to Yadkinville and he started playing for the Team Alliance Soccer Club at age 8. He also has played for the Yadkin Crush and now competes for the Jamestown Soccer Club '92 gold squad, which competes in the Premier League. Snow is Jamestown's starting center-mid.
Snow was honorable mention all-conference in track for Forbush as a freshman. He was all-conference in boys tennis as a junior.
He volunteers with the Salvation Army and is active in his church youth group. He has been on missions trips to Arkansas, Seattle and Nova Scotia.
At Forbush, he serves as the HOSA parliamentarian and student council senior treasurer. He has been part of the school's DREAM Team for four years, and he's on pace to be a high honor graduate. Forbush faculty voted Snow as an outstanding senior.
Snow also received recruiting looks from NCAA Division II schools like Anderson University and Lees-McRae. Ultimately, Bluefield College won him over, making his final decision to go to the Southwestern Virginia school an easy one to make.
Snow plans to study physical therapy.
"It's surreal. I never would have guessed that I would get part of my college paid for to do something that I absolutely love to do," Snow said. "Every time I step on the field, it's a sense of urgency. You never know what is going to happen. That's why I play the game. It's always something new."