Moving up the Rubio rankings

The need for special teams contributors is becoming an increasingly important part of the planning of coaching staffs around the country. So much so that while many kickers used to walk on that not only are they now getting offers, but so are the long snappers. Gabriel Miller from Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn is one of the best in the nation and has the ranking to prove it.

Nebraska picked up two commitments out of Big Red Weekend in the middle of June. One was Nathan Gerry who was a bit of an anticipated commitment by Nebraska fans, but the other took some by surprise. Gabriel Miller a long snapper from Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn also pulled the trigger on a commitment.

The offer and the commitment that surprised some should be reminded about the importance that special teams plays into a game. More than that, you need to consider that there are kicking schools that also work with snappers. There is also a private rating given to these players around the country.

"I just wanted you to know that Rubio's rankings just came out from the Top 12 Event Elite camp that I was at in Los Angeles," Miller said. "I have officially moved up as the #2 long snapper in the country for the Class of 2013!"

This is great news for Miller and Nebraska fans as well. Miller is 6-foot-0 and 235-pounds and chose Nebraska over an offer from Eastern Michigan. From a prior interview Chris Rubio weighed in on Miller's abilities.

"Miller continues to impress me. I love how coachable he is. He has a solid personality that makes him casual when he needs to be but can turn "it" on in a matter of seconds. He also has incredible drive. Form is impeccable and it is proven in his accuracy, consistency and speed.

"He's doing a much better job of getting set and exploding when he snaps. He's a very, very smooth snapper to watch and moves well on his feet and is easily thick enough for the next level. He's a no brainer scholarship long snapper. Someone will get lucky with this one. He's also a great person."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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