Theus Talks FSU Offer

It is not often long snappers get recruited or garner attention during the recruiting process. After several standout camp performances Jacksonville-Bolles' Nathan Theus has seen interest in him grow from several BCS programs. NoleDigest caught up with Theus to talk about the offer from FSU and get the latest on his recruitment.

Special teams play is an integral part of football, and long snappers play a vital role in the success of kicking teams. Nathan Theus has emerged as one of the nation's top long snappers for the 2011 recruiting class. Often long snappers are players teams find late or offer walk-on spots with little to no attention or fanfare. Theus has been hitting the camp circuit this summer, resulting in him getting several offers and getting recognized as a top performer at his position from recruiting websites.

Theus took part in the Jimbo Fisher Camp a few weekends ago. He told NoleDigest he had a great performance, earning a greyshirt offer from Florida State afterwards.

"When I got to the camp I snapped for Coach Fisher, Coach Trickett and Coach Gran," said Theus. "I did very well at the camp. I normally average .74 seconds but I was throwing it back quickly at the FSU camp. I was getting timed at .64-.65. Coach Gran was blown away because the average high school long snapper throws .90. Coach Gran said my times are like those in the NFL. After I was done the coaches told me they wanted to offer me a greyshirt. FSU had been talking about offering me before. They really like my ability."

FSU isn't the only school that has offered Theus a greyshirt offer.

"I camped at Georgia and South Carolina and they both offered me a greyshirt," explained Theus. "I went to the Florida camp and Coach Meyer told me I was a great long snapper. He said they are going to do some evaluating of numbers to see how they could fit me in there. I want to just long snap so I am really considering these offers."

Nathan came away impressed by FSU after the camp, putting the Seminoles high up on his list of schools he is interested in.

"The visit to FSU really helped with my opinion of them," said Theus. "My brother (John Theus) and I went to Seminole Showtime last year and worked with Coach Trickett. This visit was just better. It is a new FSU. There is a new direction and the coaches are going through the transition there. There wasn't a lot of attention from the coaches before but now they are all full speed ahead."

"I like Coach Gran," Theus said of FSU's new special teams coach. "He is a great coach and one of the best in America. He is honest with you. He told me he is really big on long snapping, getting it perfect and getting that down first. I like Coach Fisher, too. He is a super nice guy."

While the Seminoles made a huge impression Theus says he will take his time and make some visit before he makes a decision.

"I like all 3 of the schools that have offered me," said Theus. "When I go visit again I will be able to compare them all. I want to come in and compete for that starting spot. All of the special teams coaches are great. I want to visit them officially to see that atmosphere and see how comfortable I am at each place."

One factor to keep an eye on is Theus' younger brother will more than likely go to the same school Nathan goes to. John is one of Florida's top linemen for 2012.

"My brother and I want to play college ball together," said Theus. "I think he will probably commit before his senior season. He has a good amount of offers right now. We will see how it goes."

Look for Theus to make his decision sometime in the fall.

"I want to wait until after the officials," Theus said, "so around week 5 of my season I will go ahead and make my decision final."


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