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After de-committing from Stanford, McQueen's Robby Snelling open to all options

Robby Snelling
Robby Snelling is a baseball and football standout. (Handout)

McQueen High two-way standout Robby Snelling is back on the open market.

The baseball and football star, who has reeled in several Power 5 offers in both sports, recently de-committed from Stanford and is listening to recruiting pitches from college coaches in both sports.

“I was a verbal at the end of my freshman year," Snelling told Nevada Sports Net. "And then this year, a couple of weeks ago, I made the decision to de-commit. I did that a couple of weeks ago, so everything's opened back up right now. I'm keeping all the conversations with the other coaches going. And I've made some really good relationships with college coaches on football and baseball since that's happened.

"I mean, baseball is really different from when you commit. It's like all the schools start talking to you that you were talking to before. It's not like football where you can (commit) and then the coaches still talk to you and try and get you to change your mind. Baseball has that gentleman's agreement and they're just like, ‘You’re committed to that school. We're not going to talk to you.’ So with with me de-committing, it's definitely opened a lot of different baseball schools that are talking to me.”

The Lancers' junior, who we first profiled last fall, said his decision to de-commit was a family one. Highly recruited in baseball from a young age — he was offered a scholarship by Arizona as a seventh-grader — Snelling has since become a high-level football recruit. A four-star prospect on the gridiron, Snelling said it only made sense to de-commit now that he's being recruited at a high level in both sports.

“I didn't know football was going to turn into what it turned into after my sophomore year," Snelling said. "And so with the football side of things happening, it just kind of changed our minds on the decision that I had made at the end of my freshman year. So we made that decision a couple of weeks ago that it was best for us to go opposite ways.”

Snelling has 22 scholarship offers in football, according to 247Sports.com, despite just starting his junior season of football. With his senior season approaching, Snelling said he wants to enjoy the ride and not put too much into thought right now on where he ends up. He's looking forward to taking some official visits to get more familiar with the schools recruiting him.

“Next year I really I want to enjoy my senior year,” Snelling said. “Hopefully it's back to normal, but just enjoying my senior year with all my friends. I'm not in the mindset of thinking about, ‘OK, I'm ready to be out of here.’ I want to be able to enjoy my time with my friends. That was taken away at the beginning of the school year. So I'm kind of hoping to get that back next year."

Snelling, a left-handed pitcher who hits the 90s with his fastball, could be a high selection in the 2022 MLB draft. If that ends up happening, he could skip college all together and start a professional baseball career. But at this point, Snelling isn't ruling out any options.

"The scenario for going to college or getting drafted, it's kind of hard to choose because I want the college experience really bad," Snelling said. "I want to be able to play both sports in front of a fan base that supports both of them really well. I'm really excited if I get the opportunity to do that. But also if I get the opportunity to get drafted, that's going to be a really unique experience, too. When I get there, that's when I'll make that decision.”

While sports were on hiatus during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Snelling used that as an opportunity to test his baseball skills.

“It got to a point where my dad and my grandpa were like, ‘We need to see how good you actually are,’" Snelling said. "So they connected us with the coach that I have over at NorCal (Baseball), Rob Bruno, and he has a lot of contacts and put a lot of guys in D-I one programs and got them drafted. And so we practiced with him for a little bit and was lucky enough to be placed on one of his teams. And I mean, the traveling that we did going to all the different states, Arizona and the big tournaments in California and across the whole country, just being surrounded by those athletes again and the coaches and the contacts that he has to give you advice on things that you should be better at or work at definitely turned me into the player that I am."

Snelling said he got the opportunity to play in front of MLB scouts, which will no doubt continue to be the case when he plays his junior season of baseball for the Lancers this spring.

“There were kids from Arizona, Reno, Nevada as a whole, and then a lot in California, too,” Snelling said. “It's run by the scouts from the MLB teams, which is pretty cool. So you're coached by some of the coaches from the MLB teams and they're in their uniforms walking around the dugout. It's crazy that they're talking to you like you're a normal person. You're, like, ‘Whoa, you're a big guy in the in the major-league association.’ Definitely the best athletes that I've been surrounded by was with this scout ball team. So it was a powerful experience.”

One of the Snelling's biggest supporters is his father, Jim, who isn't the kind of father who openly brags about his son’s abilities. He has a humble approach, and it doesn’t go overlooked. He glows when talking about how proud he is of Robby. He also gets a front row seat to his son’s games as McQueen's head football coach. Some kids dislike having their father lead the team, but Robby wouldn’t trade it for the world.

“I love it,” Robby said. “It's not like a deal where your dad's harder on you when he's your coach, which is what I really appreciate from him because his dad was his coach in high school, too. And he said that his dad was a little bit harder on him than everybody else and he didn't want that for me. And so he does his best to treat every player like they're his kid. It works out really well, and I love it. It's just creating a lot of memories with him. I've been really, really lucky to be able to have it.”

With so much time spent on football and baseball, one might wonder what the two-sport stud does with the spare time he gets.

“When I'm not doing either of those two, I really enjoy hunting and fishing and kind of being out in nature," Snelling said. "I mean, hiking with my friends is my favorite thing to do. Sometimes it's nice to get out there and just clear your head and do it by yourself. But definitely having company out there when you're on the lake or in the river hunting in the woods, it's a different atmosphere and way, way calmer than what it is on the field when you're playing in stressful situations. It's nice. It's definitely my favorite.”


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