Long snapper signs with Kansas

By all accounts, Head Coach Turner Gill and his staff at the University of Kansas turned in an impressive effort on the recruiting trail in 2010. With the recent addition of long snapper Tanner Gibas, it appears as if the Class of 2011 in Lawrence, Kan. is finally complete.

Okay, now the Kansas Jayhawks' recruiting class of 2011 is complete.

With the addition of Covina (CA) Charter Oak High School long snapper Tanner Gibas, Head Coach Turner Gill and his staff have added what is the proverbial cherry on top to an excellent year of recruiting.

The Jayhawks struggled on special teams in 2010, particularly with getting fast, accurate snaps to the punter, and Gibas is rated as one of the top long snappers in the country.

Previously committed to Colorado State, Gibas got a scholarship offer from the Jayhawks late in the recruiting process and opted to hold off on signing, scheduling an official visit to Kansas for Feb. 11.

Assistant coach Aaron Stamn had been recruiting the 6-foot-2 snapper on behalf of Kansas since October, after Gibas sent the staff his film. The relationship they fostered was what helped give the Jayhawks an initial leg up.

"He's a younger guy, enthusiastic," Gibas said, of Stamn. "I can talk to him about anything if I wanted to, and not just football."

With his parents, Karen and Jeff, in tow, he left for the Lawrence, Kan. campus Friday with the idea that he was going to become a Jayhawk. Seeing the school, the campus and the town – and, of course, the football program – first hand only solidified his decision in his mind.

"With the football program, the first impression I got is 'Wow, it's gonna happen,'" Gibas said. "We're going to win more games. There's no way you can't with the type of coaches, type of facilities, fans and atmosphere around there."

Interestingly enough, it appears that snapping in the Big 12 has become something of a family affair. His older brother, Corey, was a long snapper at Texas A&M from 2006-2009.

Now, with the decision made and paperwork signed, Gibas is ready for life after graduation.

"I am so relieved," he said. "I actually got some sleep last night. It was really good. I feel like the whole world is off my shoulders."

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