Over 50 Long Snappers from around the country came out the Underclassmen Invite Event in Los Angeles, CA for the weekend of June 29-30. This camp is special, not simply for it being the top 2017, 2016 and 2015 Long Snappers in the country, but also because it completely allows the parents/guardians to become a member of it as well. Over half of the weekend is spent in the classroom learning about recruiting from a parent's point of view, fitness/nutrition, NCSA, Herbalife and social media. To say the weekend is packed with information would be a massive understatement. Not only did these Long Snappers gain knowledge on the field and in the classroom, they also gained many lifelong friends. The camaraderie of the group was overwhelming.
The weekend started off with a phenomenal classroom session led by Rich Goudis and Terry Thompson advising the parents about the recruiting process through a parent's eyes. Rich and Terry have had a kicker and Long Snapper, respectively, go through the Chris Sailer Kicking and Rubio Long Snapping process and were able to guide the parents in the process. I have heard nothing but good things about their speeches/q&a session from parents that were in the room.
All of the specialists were in a separate room with myself and Chris Sailer running over the details off the weekend and getting them ready for greatness...physically and mentally.
After the morning session, the specialists were led on the field to gain the best instruction possible in two sessions. The Long Snappers were attentive, listened well and all improved. The first day was a massive success.
The second day started off with Chris Sailer and myself going through a year by year recruiting breakdown in high school for parents and specialists. After this, an amazing social media seminar was led by Terry Crosby who led the audience through a journey of ups and downs in social media with MANY solid examples. After this segment, there is no excuse for all parties knowing the ins and outs of social media.
Following Terry Crosby was Brian Van Hook talking to the parents and Long Snappers about lifting, nutrition and stretching. Van Hook was overflowing with information and the audience couldn't ask questions fast enough. This entire segment, like the others, was fantastic for all involved.
After lunch, all Long Snappers were on the field for competition and their YouTube videos (which are already uploaded). The Long Snappers did not disappoint. The overall winner of the camp was Garrett Wilson (2015, NC). Garrett is built very long and has quick hands. Sky is the limit for him as he has a huge upside. Handles pressure well and was great all weekend.
Some other top Long Snappers were....
Mitch Hall - (2017) Long Snapper has tremendous form is growing rapidly and is showing no signs of slowing down.
John Aloma - (2016) Long Snapper left no doubt he is one of the best in the country. He has exceptional form and snaps a very quick ball for his age.
Travis Arroyo - (2016) Massive Long Snapper with great form and attitude. Keep an eye on him over the next three years...and beyond.
Josh Brady - (2016) Showed a big upside and listens well. VERY quick learner.
Damon Johnson - (2016) Improving by the second and is extremely close to having it all click. When it does, this will be bad news for other Long Snappers in his class. Consistency will be key.
Conner Kirkegaard - (2016) Great speed and power from this Long Snapper. Very close to putting it all together.
Scott Meyer - (2016) Was very impressive with his size and smoothness of his snap. Big upside.
Donald Reiter - (2016) Has a great attitude, a tight spiral and is extremely accurate. Love the direction he is headed, physically and mentally.
John Shannon - (2016) Did as expected all weekend: GREAT. Built well and is solid with his form. Some slight tweaks will make him one of the greats.
Jeremy Ashworth - Did a tremendous job all weekend. Great form and quick hands. Solid improvement.
Peter Comarato - When he is on, he is really on. Has the ability to easily snap a D1 ball at times.
Darren Diffee - Continues to impress me with his form and snapping. The more aggressive he gets, the better he will be with his snapping.
Tyler Douglas - Built like a senior and snaps like one at times. Consistency will be huge for him.
Wes Farnsworth - Long, athletic and massive upside. Watch him. Could be the dark horse of the group.
Ryan Farr - Was the best Long Snapper at the camp all weekend. Almost blasé when he snaps the ball. SKY IS THE LIMIT for Farr.
Matt Foley - Has improved a ton and is looking to make quite a name for himself.
Harrison Goebel - Massive frame, long arms, BIG upside. I really like what I see from him. Easy TOP 12 choice next year if he continues on this path.
Tyler Griffiths - Built well and snaps hard. Great direction and drive.
Ben Makowski - VERY impressed with Makowski all weekend. Works hard and smart....and it is obvious. Great Long Snapper and person.
Steven Nixon - Was snapping bullets all weekend. He just keeps getting better.
Jordan Ober - LONG athlete that will be top kid as he gets some size.
Ryan Simmons - Excellent form and attitude. Very accurate. The harder he snaps, the better he will be.
Garrett Stotts - Caught my eye all weekend with his size (thick and strong) and his snapping. Great attitude.
Austin Spence - Built very long. Massive upside.
Chase Urbach - Body is coming along nicely. Great form. The more confidence he has with his snapping, the better he will be.
Hunter Varga - Solid all weekend. He snaps hard and he is great...when he snaps hard.
Next stop for Rubio Long Snapping will be CA on July 11, LSU on July 13, NC on July 15, GA on July 17, College Camp in CA on July 19-21, MA on July 25, IL on July 27 and CA Season Prep Camp on July 29th. Be sure to follow Rubio Long Snapping on Twitter (@TheChrisRubio) and Facebook (Rubio Long Snapping) for continuous information!