landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|3 years 50 weeks ago||It's not so uncommon to spend scholarships on long snappers||
LSU and OSU both took scholarship long snappers last year. And the OSU guy committed in January, well before the Tressel stuff came out and when OSU was still a recruiting juggernaut (I'm personally not convinced by Urban's recruiting - but everyone agrees that Fickell's recruiting was sub par. The snapper committed when Tressel was still king - right after he beat an SEC team in a bowl game). And here are some other, lesser teams who also took scholarship snappers last year - Notre Dame, Michigan State (we know who that guy was) and West Virginia. So that's at least 5 pretty decent programs, total, and 3 that count as recruiting juggernauts (Notre Dame is in that group). And that was just last year. I found those five after two minutes of searching, so there are probably more.
And, two years ago, USC - the real one - took a scholarship long snapper from Chapparal (the same high school also had a long snapper, the year before, earn a scholarship to Arizona - it's definitely a trend).
That's 3 top-10 teams (and 4 top-10 recruiting teams, counting ND) in two years who took scholarship long snappers. And I'm sure there are more I didn't find.