IrishEyes.com continues its signing day coverage with a look at the nation's #1-ranked long snapper and the second player at his position to sign with the Irish in program history.
Scott Daly (Long-Snapper – 6'3" 230 pounds):
The second player to be offered a scholarship by Notre Dame primarily for his long-snapping skill set in both program history and the last four recruiting cycles...Won the Chris Rubio long snapper of the year award in mid-December...Said Daly of his long-snapping skill: "College coaches look for around .80 seconds for a snap from 15 yards. I've worked extremely hard to get to .60 from the time I make my first movement until the time it hits the punters hands." Daly and incumbent Jordan Cowart will have a head-to-head competition in August to determine the team's LS for 2012.
Kelly Recruiting Profile: Skill (Specialist)
*Returning Long-snapper: Senior Jordan Cowart
*Returning Short-snapper: 5th-year senior Braxston Cave
(*denotes eligibility entering 2012)
Fellow incoming specialists: None
Berk on Daly: The Irish looked to address this need last season only to come up short, especially in September. Daly is the best long snapper in the country with snaps in the .60 - .65 range from 15 yards. Look for Daly to be given every chance to earn the starting job when he first steps on campus.
Dohn on Daly: Some folks may raise an eyebrow at scholars for a long snapper, but Notre Dame found a very good one who is accurate and fast with his snaps. Not worrying about how the ball gets to the holder or punter for four years is worth the free ride.
IE Breakdown: Scott Daly
Part I and Part II of Berk's interview with Marianne Daly
Berk's recent interview with Daly
Chris Rubio on Scott Daly
All on Scott Daly (A collection of video is available at the bottom of the page.)