Ocean Lakes RB Eli Snowden (Photo: Mary Ann Magnant/recruit757)
Recruiting continues to run hot at Ocean Lakes
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
After a deep playoff run in 2018, it should be no surprise that college coaches are tapping into the talent at Ocean Lakes.
Head Coach Joe Jones reported new developments for the Dolphins this week.
Running back Eli Snowden (2019 RB 5-7 180) has made a verbal commitment to Eastern Kentucky. If EKU sounds familiar to Ocean Lakes fans, it should. Class of 2015 Dolphin running back Jason Lewis transferred from Arizona State to EKU and played in all 11 games as a redshirt Junior in 2018.
“Eli has decided to attend Eastern Kentucky as a preferred walk on,” Coach Jones said. “Eli and their head coach developed a good, positive relationship. They really want him there.”
Jake Low was in line to be the go to back for Ocean Lakes in 2018 after he returned to Ocean Lakes for his senior season (transfer from Bishop Sullivan). By the mid-point of the season, Low suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of action for the remainder of the season. Low committed to the University of Chicago last month.
“Eli and Jake split time at running back until Jake got hurt. Jake was the starter, but Eli rotated in. He brings a good work ethic and he’s always been a tough, down hill runner for us.”
He got the bulk of the carries in the back half of a 14 game season and finished his senior year with 157 carries for 979 yards and six touchdowns. Catching passes out of the backfield, Snowden grabbed 16 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown.
Junior offensive tackle Tyler Stephens (2020 OT 6-4 260) picked up his first college scholarship offer this week when Kent State offered.
“(Kent State) loves his size, his ability to play any position on the offensive line and his academics,” reported Jones. “I had a long talk with Bill Durkin (Tight ends and Tackles Coach) at Coastal Carolina and he loves Tyler. I think they will offer him as soon as he makes a campus visit this Spring. Also, ECU loves him and I think he’ll get an offer there when he goes on Junior Day. Now that the ice is broken, I think the offers will start coming.”
In other recruiting news for Ocean Lakes, Class of 2019 defensive back Tayvion “Tank” Land (2019 CB 5-8 160) is restarting his recruitment. Land had verbally committed to Maryland, but the Terps backed out on Land after a coaching change. Recruiting coach Chris Beatty signed on with Pitt a little more than a week ago, and Head Coach Mike Locksley was hired away from Alabama in December. Quite a few other schools have jumped in to recruit Land, but no commitment expected before National Signing Day.
– Andy Hilton