Words by Justin Walsh

Florida State has baffled the ACC, as well as the rest of the country. Nobody thought FSU could convince Michael Snaer to come to Tallahassee. UCLA, Kansas, Marquette and many other higher thought of universities offered Snaer a full ride. Why would he bother going to FSU?

A year before, any other high major showed the slightest interest in Michael, Florida State had Snaer identified as a major target nationwide for 2009. Andy Enfield, Assistant at FSU, flew red-eyes galore from Florida to L.A. (as many as the NCAA legally allowed) to help sign the Rancho Verde SG.

Over the past summer, Michael shot up the rankings, from an under the radar, barely in the top-100 prospect, to being ranked No. 11 on the Rivals 150. Every high-major program recruited him, throwing their number in the metaphorical hat. Florida State won because they were loyal to Michael from the get-go. Because of that, Florida State has a great kid in their program to help build the Seminoles to a possible NCAA tournament birth, and Snaer will probably start from day one—he has all the tools to be one of the top scorers in the entire ACC during his college career. In other words, Cub Buenning will be evaluating him soon enough.

Justin Young, senior writer for Rivals’ Basketball Recruiting, deemed Snaer the best perimeter scorer in the 2009 recruiting class for the ACC. Snaer was also rated the best shooter in the ACC recruiting class. He won that distinction over the highly touted Dexter Strickland, a guard on his way to the equally highly touted UNC.

Here’s to Florida State leveling the playing field in the ACC with the help of Michael Snaer. Here’s to Snaer having the skills to be one of the rare leading scorers in the ACC not belonging to a Blue Devil, Tarheel or Demon Deacon roster. Here’s to Michael Snaer, being a key part in the Atlantic Coast Conference Recruiting Coup D’etat.