Maryland has added a second specialist in its 2017 class. Joining kicker Jon Doerer (South Mecklenburg/Charlotte, N.C.) will be long snapper Brock Sassler (Boys’ Latin/Baltimore, Md.), who accepted a preferred walk-on offer three days after the Terps’ staff presented it.
The 6-foot, 215-pounder admitted he’d likely commit once he and his parents visited College Park, Md., again, but Sassler opted not to wait.
“[My parents and I] spent about 1.5 hours [Aug. 13] looking at the classes I could take and talked to the recruiting office at Maryland, and we came to the conclusion this is the place I had to go to,” Sassler said Aug. 14. “This is a place, just looking at the campus life and the academics, where I could really see myself going the next four, five years.
“I’ve been in contact with Coach [Pete] Lembo and Coach [Mike] London, and I let them know I was fully committed and looking forward to the future at Maryland.”
Sassler first drew Maryland’s attention at a June one-day camp, where the Boys’ Latin product proved to be the event’s No. 1 participant. He’s been talking to Lembo, along with his area recruiter London, since then.
“I was shocked when I heard I got the offer now. But Coach Lembo said he felt like I could fit in with the program and that I really impressed him at the camp. He said he wanted to offer me a [walk-on] scholarship. Then I talked to Coach [D.J.] Durkin, and he said the same thing. He said I have the qualities he wants in a student-athlete,” Sassler said before. “They really focus in on special teams and really care about that aspect of the game at Maryland. Some schools, they kind of neglect special teams, but at Maryland it’s a priority.”
Sassler went on to say he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to compete in the Big Ten. A few smaller area schools were interested in the Baltimore recruit’s services, but UMD is giving him a chance to play at college football’s highest level.
“Big Ten football is a great opportunity, and the teams we play against, that really drew me in,” Sassler said. “And then you look at all the new [recruits] and the big surge with the hometown movement, that’s pretty special. They’re trying to build the program [with locals], and you don’t always see that. So I wanted to be part of that. And then I just love the campus and it’s great academics there.
“It really is just a great situation, and I appreciate the opportunity UMD is giving me the next four, five years. Hopefully we can make big things happen here.”
The DMV snapper comes to Maryland with a reputation as one of the best at his craft in the region. He excelled at the renowned Kohl’s specialist camps, ranking among the top four percent of participants. Sassler also boasts a 0.67-second snap time, which is in line with many professional snappers, while he runs a 5.0-second 40-yard dash, allowing him to quickly get down the field in coverage.
“You take all of that together, and I guess that’s why I’m considered a good snapper,” Sassler said. “But I’m always looking to get better, and I’m going to keep improving so I’m ready for Maryland.”