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Parkersburg’s Xadrian Snodgrass runs with the ball during a game against Riverside last season. The PHS linebacker/running back continues his playing days at Marietta College. (Photo by Duane West)

PARKERSBURG — As a three-year varsity linebacker for Parkersburg’s high school football team, Xadrian Snodgrass models his approach with elite business.

“I would say Ray Lewis (formerly of the Baltimore Ravens) is the one I looked up to,” said Snodgrass, who announced inside the PHS gymnasium on Tuesday that he would attend Marietta College and continue his football career with the Pioneers.

“Ray Lewis was just a killer on the pitch, so that’s what I tried to be,” Snodgrass continued. “I also wanted to be like Kobe Bryant. I liked his mentality. I want that to always be my strongest factor – mental toughness and feeling that I can do anything.

As a linebacker for the Big Reds, Snodgrass recorded 70 tackles and one interception in 11 games as a sophomore, then finished with 31 tackles in a COVID-shortened eight-game season during his junior year.

Last season, he had 42 more tackles with two sacks in seven games.

“The penultimate game we lost last season – it hurts because it kicked us out of the playoffs,” Snodgrass said. “After the game, it was a surreal moment because we kind of got closer. A few of us stayed in the locker room for an hour or two and remembered everything we had been through.

“That was one of my favorite moments as Big Red.”

During his overnight visit to campus just across the river at Marietta College, members of the Pioneer football team, including the coaching staff, made Snodgrass feel like at home.

“It was almost like a family” recalls Snodgrass. “They are really loving and caring. The coaches are awesome – (head coach Andy Waddle) is a great guy. He was very helpful throughout the process and stayed with me the whole time.

“I think it was the best choice I could have made.”

Snodgrass plans to major in petroleum engineering. His high school math teacher, Barbara Gelpi, kicked off the process with some comments on how it would suit Snodgrass.

“I studied petroleum engineering a bit and I think I can do a good job, so I’m going to give it a try”, Snodgrass said.

During his career with the Big Reds, Snodgrass also played his share of downs on the attacking side of the ball. As a senior, he was second on the team with 391 rushing yards and caught 17 passes for 200 yards. He scored a total of five touchdowns.

Snodgrass finished with 978 rushing yards in three college seasons. If he hadn’t suffered an ankle injury and missed more than three games, he might have passed 1,000 yards.

Off-season surgery repaired the injury and with his rehabilitation complete, Snodgrass returned to full health.

“The rehabilitation was a bit difficult because I felt like my leg had become very weak and I couldn’t walk on it,” Snodgrass said. “It was hard mentally because I had to almost start all over again. The mental factor was the biggest challenge. I feel good now.”

Snodgrass, who played a year of high school basketball as a freshman and ran track as a junior, recently received his off-season training schedule for Marietta College. When it comes to matching players at the next level, he feels confident about the strength he provides. Speed ​​and endurance are two facets he needs to focus on.

“Marietta College is a very good school and was close to my home, so that’s what drew me to it the most”, Snodgrass said. “I’m pretty excited and ready to make an impact on the pitch.”

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