Signing Day 2004: Tyler Schmitt

The 2004 recruiting period yielded another commitment for Blue Devil head coach Ted Roof and staff as Duke got some good news from Arizona in the form of a 6-foot-3, 210 pound athlete who specializes in long-snapping.

Cactus High (AZ) standout Tyler Schmitt spent his senior season terrorizing opposing offenses to the tune of 20 sacks as a defensive end for head coach Larry Fetkenheir. However don't look for him to be lining up in the trenches when he gets to Duke next season.

"He played defensive end for us last year," said Fetkenheir, "but Duke recruited him exclusively as a long snapper. He's a blue chipper in that regard."

So exactly how does one determine if a prospect is a ‘blue chip' long snapper?

"The NFL wants snappers to get the ball delivered in .7 seconds, and right now he's at .71 or .73," said Fetkenheir.

As his reputation began to grow the newest Blue Devil began to pick up interest from schools throughout the region explained his head coach.

"He had interest from Ohio University and Arizona State, but it was one of those things where he got in late in the pecking order. The last two weeks have been hectic though with schools getting in contact with us."


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