This afternoon we received another commitment for 2019 in Long Snapper Nathan Weneta. Before you open your mouth, LONG SNAPPERS ARE PEOPLE TOO!
Nathan is rated as a 4.5 Star according to Rubio Long Snapping. That makes him good enough for division one football. Rumor is, he is a preferred walk on for 2019 and will not count against the schollie number.
Nathan, according to Rubio is this:
“Weneta was tremendous at the Rubio Long Snapping VEGAS XXXI Event on January 12-14, 2018. He is easily one of the smoothest Long Snappers in his class whether it’s with his snapping or his running. Kid is so fluid with everything he does that it is almost hypnotic to watch him. Simply making sure he is aiming straight back will definitely increase his overall accuracy and push his RSI up. Simple, tiny fix will help a ton to get him to be a consistently great Long Snapper in high school and beyond. Smart Long Snapper. Going to make his college coach really happy.
Weneta did extremely well at the Rubio Long Snapping Fall Camp in CA on October 29, 2017. Pure athlete that is a true student of Long Snapping and anything else he puts his mind to (also a gifted pianist). Form is excellent and he is snapping with great power right now with times in the mid to low .7s with the easy possibilty of hitting the .6s, consistently, at VEGAS XXXI. Really impressed with the new confidence Weneta is showing right now. I LOVE IT because he has all of the tools to be one of the greats in no time flat. The more confidence and power he shows me, with improved accuracy to increase his RSI, the higher up Weneta will go. Tremendous Long Snapper and person that is going to make his college coach very, very happy.
Weneta had a great camp at the Rubio Long Snapping TOP 12 Camp in Tampa, FL. Love his overall personality and his talent level on so many aspects of life. Athlete that can do move well on his feet and is always improving. The stronger he gets physically and mentally, the better he will be in the long run. Upside for Weneta is off the charts. He snaps one of the smoothest balls in his class and it is very catchable for the punter and/or holder. Snapping with full power, at all times, will be huge for Weneta moving up the rankings. Love this kid’s drive and upside.”
While some people think long snapping is easy, it certainly is not. With being a special teams coordinator at the high school I teach at, I personally spent all winter molding a kid to become a long snapper, after graduating both my long snapper and short snapper. It is still a work in progress.
It is so difficult for someone to come into the game ice cold and have to snap it only 4 or 5 times, but is also expected to make a tackle down the field. Here is a video of Nathan snapping.