Alaska player-of-the-year candidate Snell commits to Montana St

October 4, 2017

Derryk Snell football

Derryk Snell

Derryk Snell uses his elusive moves to avoid getting tackled on the high school football field, but the Chugiak Mustangs senior scoring machine didn’t need to dance around his college decision.

He picked the school that’s been with him since the start: Montana State University.

The Alaska player-of-the-year candidate has verbally commitment to the Bobcats of Bozeman and could sign his letter of intent in December when he makes his official visit.

“I might sign on Dec. 20, but if not, I’ll sign in February,” Snell told me. “With playoffs just in a couple of days, making the decision gives me a lot of confidence and it just shows that all my hard work with my team and family is finally coming true since Division I football is our dream.”

Snell has racked up a state-best 31 touchdowns at running back and wide receiver this year to help the undefeated Chugiak Mustangs assert themselves as the team to beat at the ASAA First National Bowl large-school playoffs, which begin this weekend.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is a shifty runner with good cutback skills and faster-than-he-looks speed. He also has good hands and packs a powerful stiff arm that makes him difficult to bring down.

The coaches at Montana State want to keep him on offense, which makes Snell happy.

“They recruited me as a tight end but they said I’ll be getting some receiver and running back time as well,” he said. “The most exciting thing is I get to play at the highest level of college sports and get to play against the best in the nation. I could possibly be playing against or even with NFL or CFL players.”

Western State Colorado and Eastern Washington also expressed interest in Snell.

The Montana State coaches have had their eye on the Alaskan for the last year and got to know him better after inviting him to a camp in Bozeman, where he put together a strong performance on and off the field.

“I love the coaches; they have high energy,” he said. “I want to be a part of something like that.”