Long Snapper Chooses Duke

The Blue Devil recruiting class became a bit deeper last week when head coach Ted Roof and the Duke staff earned a commitment from Corona Del Mar High School long snapper Casey Hales.

After Tyler Schmidt backed out of his verbal commitment and pledged to San Diego State on signing day, the Blue Devils were left to search the country for someone who would be able to snap. What they found was the next best thing to Schmidt, who ranked as the nation's top rated long snapper.

Hales is widely considered the second best snapper in the nation behind Schmidt. The major difference between the two is their size. Hales stands 6-foot-1 and will need to add weight to his 203 pound frame.

Despite the need to add size, Hales is expected to start next year as the scholarship snapper on the roster. He certainly has the necessary skills as the NFL likes their snappers to deliver the ball around .7 seconds. Hales' best time is around .77.

Stay tuned to TDD for much more on Hales and other Duke football news in the coming weeks.

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