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— Mackenzie K (@MackNova) January 15, 2014
A rare, but great question. The art of long-snapping is a craft, and one that in my opinion should be learned by every tight end and linebacker at a very young age. If it was, prospects could have a legitimate shot at not only a scholarship, but a long career in professional football.
Long snappers are never going to be included in the ESPN 300 because they are not ESPN 300-caliber players overall. They have a very unique skill set that has been honed and developed over time, but these prospects would not contribute as an every-down player, outside of possibly being on cover teams in the kicking game. But even that would be a risk to losing them to injury.
The elite long snappers are few and far between and difficult to find. If coaches come across a high school prospect that can clock at 0.9 seconds, 0.8 seconds or even 0.7 seconds, which would be rare, they are going to jump all over them. We have had several long snappers in the Under Armour All-America Game that consistently snap in the 0.75-0.85 range, and all are playing on the college level. It’s becoming an art form that is often taught too late. This should be introduced in the ninth grade and crafted over time.
You might be surprised to hear I was a backup snapper in college. Just like throwing a football upside down!