_DSC7098L’Jarius “JJ” Sneed enjoyed a highly successful 2014 season for the Minden Crimson Tide.

The senior-to-be was a force to be wreckoned with in the Tide’s secondary last year, finishing the season with seven interceptions from his free safety spot, taking two of those back for touchdowns.

His big play ability was evident in the return game as well, as Minden fans will remember his 85-yard kick return touchdown to spark the Tide to an overtime win against Benton last season.

That’s in the past, and now Sneed is focused on improving his game, helping his team take the next step and his college offer sheet.
“I’ve been going to a lot of camps this summer,” Sneed said. “I’ve also been going waking up at 5 a.m. to run around my neighborhood, then around 7 or 8 I go and run bleachers at the stadium.”

On the practice field and under the lights on Friday nights Sneed is a leader for the Tide.

A starter since his sophomore year, he has plenty of experience, so it makes sense that he is the one other players look to during hard times.
“I’ve tried to lead since my sophomore year,” Sneed said. “It’s about being at practice and working hard and making other guys want to work hard with you.”

Sneed said this summer he has camped at Alabama and LSU in addition to taking part in a select 7-on-7 tournament at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

While those schools aren’t offering Sneed yet, in-state programs UL-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State are vying for Sneed’s signature.

“I want to play for a good program,” Sneed said. “I want them to have a good school of engineering since that’s what I want to major in.”
Sneed said he has plans to visit Tech later this week.

Sneed said his individual goals for this season are to top all his numbers from last and to be an all-american safety. Besides that, he wouldn’t mind beating fellow Webster Parish standout and all-american hopeful, Devin White. Minden plays at North Webster in week three.

“It’s always a rivalry,” Sneed said in reference to Minden and North Webster (formerly Springhill). “They got Devin White, the number one running back in the state. He’s pretty good, but I think we can handle them.”

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