by Patrick Mannelly
If you are trying to get recruited to college as a longsnapper (or any other position for that matter) there are a few ways to go about it:
- Tell your high school coach that you are interested in playing
college football. This sounds odd but there are some coaches who are not sure that the high school player wants to play at the college level. Then have your high school coach contact the college coaches who are recruiting your area and tell them that they have a longsnapping prospect.
- You can contact colleges personally. Call the football office of
the colleges you are interested in and tell them about yourself. Then send them some tape of your games. If you play another position make sure you include you playing at the position as well. It is helpful in getting recruited if you can also play another position but not a necessity.
- If you or your family knows anyone in college coaching contact them to help get your name circulated.
My Recruiting Experience
I was an All-State offensive lineman coming out of high school and
longsnapping was not my focus. I was the longsnapper for the four years of high school.
I was recruited as an offensive lineman, not a longsnapper, but all the colleges did like the fact that I could snap. My four official visits included University of Georgia, Boston College, University of North Carolina and Duke.
Once I got to Duke I proved that I could longsnap at the first special teams practice. Therefore, I did not redshirt.
I was the longsnapper and offensive guard/tackle while at Duke.
For more on my college career, click here.
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