Dalton Sneed 1 (MIS)

Former UNLV quarterback Dalton Sneed (18) drops back to pass in the fourth quarter Oct. 15, 2016, in Honolulu. UNLV beat Hawaii 41-38. After a season at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, Sneed announced Monday that he intends to transfer to Montana.

MISSOULA — Dalton Sneed jumped at the opportunity to play for Bobby Hauck and Timm Rosenbach in 2014. 

Three years later, he's getting another chance. 

Montana offered Sneed, an incoming 6-foot, 200-pound quarterback out of Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College, on Thursday. Before playing at Fort Scott, Sneed was at UNLV for three semesters.

"I'm very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and that they still believe in me 2½ years later," Sneed said. "I had an idea they'd offer but when they did finally pull the trigger, it was awesome."

Sneed, of Scottsdale, Arizona, took to Twitter to announce his commitment to UM on Monday.

"Not even a month ago, I was praying for schools to give me a chance," Sneed wrote in a Tweet. "Now the good Lord above has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined and put me in a position yet again to turn to Him in search for guidance to show me where my next step in life should be. 

"I've said it before and I'll say it again; decisions in life are not easy, and this by far has been the hardest decision I've ever had to make. First I'd like to thank my Mom and Dad for sacrificing everything that they do and supporting me to the fullest with this decision and in everything I do.

"I'd also like to thank past coaches and teammates, and family and friends for developing me in to the man and athlete I am today. After talking with God and my family I am pumped to announce that I am committing to the University of Montana!" 

At UNLV, Sneed had his sights set on playing for Hauck and Rosenbach, but those plans went south after the 2014 season. 

Sneed remained at UNLV after another assistant at the school called him to say the Rebels were honoring his commitment, but it wasn't the same. 

"I wish I could say it was easy," Sneed said of redshirting his first year. "Coming from, I feel like this is how every high school guy comes out or feels when they redshirt. You go from being the big fish in a small pond to a minnow in a big pond."

Even though that first season was challenging, Sneed said he learned a lot from it. 

"Looking back on it, it was one of the greatest years for me," he said.

Sneed stayed at UNLV for his redshirt-freshman season in 2016 and got some playing time. 

He completed 39 of 88 passes for 632 yards and five touchdowns in eight games. On the ground, Sneed had 57 carries for 348 yards and a touchdown. 

His best game came against Hawaii where he completed 19 of 27 passes for 279 yards and had two touchdowns. He added 61 yards rushing as well. 

But even then, Sneed knew he had to leave.

"Just the situation I was in with the coaching staff," Sneed said of leaving. "I wasn't really their recruit. I mean, they honored my commitment and said they wanted me but we didn't mesh very well.

"It wasn't an offense that really fit me and me and the offensive coordinator didn't see eye to eye. It's nothing against the staff. It is what it is. It wasn't the ideal situation for me so I decided to leave and re-jump start my career."

Sneed settled on Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas.

Fort Scott is a far cry from Las Vegas. The 6,000-person town is nestled in the middle of nowhere in Southeast Kansas. It's 93 miles from Kansas City, Missouri; 115 miles from Springfield, Missouri; 155 miles from Wichita, Kansas or 168 miles from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The distance from the bigger cities made the junior college struggle even more real. 

"It was definitely very humbling," Sneed said of his junior college experience. "Going from a Division I program where they're paying for all your school and they're giving you a stipend check every month to pay for rent and you have extra money left over to do whatever with. They give you free equipment. If your cleats tear or anything, they give you a free pair of cleats.

"That's obviously not the deal in (junior college). I was an hour and a half away from any sporting goods store, so I'd have to drive an hour and a half and pay for my own cleats, which is not what I was used to."

Sneed played for the Greyhounds (4-6, 2-5 KJCCC) this past season and totaled 1,257 yards passing on 136 completions. He threw seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. On the ground, he had 295 yards rushing on 79 carries. 

"It was difficult at times," Sneed said of the junior college life. "... The league that we're in, the Kansas (junior college) league, it's a really tough league. There's Division I athletes all over the field.

"We had a bunch of young guys so it was difficult to really get rolling as an offense. But, other than that, I felt that it was a good year for me to develop and learn and get better as a quarterback."

For his efforts, he earned honorable mention status by the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in the league's postseason awards.

He was heavily considering playing for either Southeast Missouri State or Portland State until he found out Hauck had been hired at Montana. 

Around the time of Hauck's hiring, Sneed received a call from Rosenbach.

"We touched base and hit it off just like we had three years ago," Sneed said. "It's weird how everything worked out but it's definitely very cool that that opportunity presented itself."

But he prepared for the worst.

While Sneed was at Fort Scott, he said 20-plus coaches visited him and said they were interested. However, few of them extended offers. 

"What I kinda learned is never get your hopes up because it's a business and it's life," Sneed said. "You can't get your hopes up because you're just going to be left disappointed, as sad as that sounds. In the back of my mind, obviously, I was hoping everything that they'd give me an offer and give me a chance."

Montana came through. 

Sneed said concrete details for his official visit to Montana — and first-ever visit to the state — are still being worked out, but tentatively he'll be in Missoula from Jan. 12-14. 

After that, everything's being played by ear.

"I might even just stay once I get up there or fly back and get all my stuff," Sneed said. "It's all getting worked out."

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Amie Just covers Griz football for the Missoulian, among other things. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.

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