Irish snap up specialist

During a Junior Day visit long-snapper John Shannon of Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy committed to Notre Dame. His coach, Chris Rubio, breaks down what the Irish are getting.

Notre Dame picked up its second commitment in the Class of 2016 when long snapper John Shannon of Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy committed during Junior Day on Saturday.

Chris Rubio of Rubio Long Snapping, who has worked directly with Shannon for two-and-a-half years, ranks Shannon as the No. 1 long snapper in the class of 2016.

“He’s a very good athlete first and foremost,” Rubio said. “He snaps the ball as hard as anyone I’ve seen, and I’ve been doing this for 14 years.  A good time to snap the ball 15 yards is .75 seconds, and he gets it there in 0.6 seconds.”

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect entered Junior Day at Notre Dame with offers from Army and West Virginia as well as interest from Alabama, Baylor, Colorado, Northwestern, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

“I know he was going to commit to Notre Dame if he was offered today,” Rubio said. “He was speaking with (Scott) Booker a lot. He’s a legacy there. It was his No. 1 school. It was a very similar situation to when Scott Daly committed to Notre Dame. He got the offer, and boom, he wanted to go there.”

Shannon’s father, Gerard Shannon, and grandfather played football for Notre Dame. His grandfather, Dan Shannon, was an All-American linebacker and Academic All-American. He graduated from the University in 1955.

Shannon will be groomed to replace Daly, who is entering his fourth season in the program with two years of eligibility remaining. A potential fifth-year for Daly in 2016 would coincide with Shannon’s freshman season. Top Stories