The 2012 LSU recruiting class grew by one over the weekend as deep snapper Reid Ferguson from Buford (GA) High School committed to the Tigers, giving Les Miles and his staff 15 pledges for the upcoming signing class.
Now I know some are thinking "why is Les Miles wasting a scholarship on a deep snapper?" My answer is, because he's being smart and shows that he leaves no stone unturned.
Joey Crappell, a senior from Patterson, La., has been rock solid as the deep snapper for punts and field goals. Following this coming season, LSU wants a smooth transition for someone to follow in Crappell's huge footsteps.
Deep snapping is an overlooked art. Talk about a small margin of error! If the deep snapper is late on his snaps, or a little to much to the left or right, you're looking at a potential game swaying blocked punt. That could set an opponent up with great field position or mean points lost.
On a field goal or extra point snap, if it's not right on the mark........exactly, it could spell failure. The position is every bit as important as the kicker or holder. It all starts with the deep snapper. Ferguson attended renown National snapping and kicking camp operated by Rubio Long, who specializes with snappers, and Chris Sailor, a specialist with the kickers. The camp has produced 130 long snappers into college football over a two-year span.
The camp completed in late May had quite a few outstanding prospects. The player that graded the highest at the snapping portion was Kelly Mason, ticketed for Kentucky on the college level. Ferguson (6'2-235) graded out among the top 2-3 in the entire group. He is said to be college football ready right now. His snaps arrive within 0.6 to 0.7 seconds, a tremendous rate.
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