Long snapping instructor Chris Rubio of Rubio Long Snapping / Chris Sailer Kicking was on hand to guide the snappers through the various sections of the camp. The camp's many facets were on-field instruction, film/classroom review, recruiting seminar led by the NCSA along with Rubio and Chris Sailer, and wrapped up with a competition. The winner of the competition earned a FREE admission to the 9th Annual Snapping Spring Event sponsored by Nike in Las Vegas on May 14-15, 2011.
The instructional section of the camp went very well with Rubio often heading over to the parents of the Long Snappers to review what was being taught on the field. The morning session was very productive and showed quickly who was going to separate themselves from the pack.
The winner of the Nike Spring Camp in CA was Rubio Long Snapping student Cole Mazza (CA). Cole is only a sophomore (2013) and can easily be thrown into the mix of top overall Long Snappers in the country….for all classes. He already possesses great size (very thick and strong) and incredible speed (he can snap in the .6s and he can do it quite often). The kid is flat out good, real good.
Here are some of the Long Snappers that stood out:
Scott Thompson (CA) showed exactly why he is headed to NC State on a full scholarship. Beyond smooth, consistent and fast. Easily snaps in the .7s with many balls heading into the .6 region. Body is solid and he snaps with anger. Scott is a pure joy to watch.
Tanner Gibas (CA) did very well. His speed is so good that it is almost shocking. You can watch him take some off of it and "slows" down into the .7s. Extremely athletic and the more weight/muscle he gains, the more dominant he becomes. Kansas is wise for offering him a full scholarship.
Alex Den Bleyker (CA) has gone from an average Long Snapper to one of the best in the country. Massive lower body that he has utilized perfectly with his exceptional form. Ball is a rocket and on target. Den Bleyker is snapping with a ton of confidence and has moved into the exclusive 5 Star Club.
Nathan Gibas (CA) has improved dramatically in the past year. Good size and terrific flexibility. Ball is very smooth and now he is snapping with strength and confidence, which equals greatness.
Chris Longo (CA) was snapping on a tweaked ankle and you would never even know it. Loved his calmness and how well he handled pressure in the competition. Looks very solid right now.
Matt Poulin (CA, JC) was extremely smooth and confident. Saw him in Vegas at the 9th Annual Event and he was a completely different Long Snapper this time. Ball is very accurate and speed is solid. Keep an eye on this one.
Grant Meersand (CA) continues to being one of the most consistent Long Snappers on the market. As always, handled pressure extremely well. As his body gets bigger and stronger, the more speed his ball gets.
Sodie Orr (CA) did as well as he has ever done with his snapping. Built like a rock and is now incorporating it into his snapping. Great day for Sodie.
Randy Sue (CA) might have the best form in the country. Beyond smooth and consistent. Looked great, as always, and will be a very solid pick for someone in the future.
Ramond Ponce (CA) has all of a sudden sprouted and snapping the ball hard. Great form and a solid body make him one to watch.
Josh Antol (CA) is coming along very nicely with his Long Snapping. Form is getting better and better. True student of the position. Becoming a very solid Long Snapper.
Cole Mazza (CA) was the winner of the Nike Spring Camp in CA. He is clearly the best in his class without a doubt. Learning very quickly and snaps with rage. If he continues on this path, no one will even come close to him in his class.
Mike Lizanich (AZ) did well in CA and improved upon his performance at the 9th Annual Event in Las Vegas. Very strong snapper that is accurate and aggressive. When he gets fully set, he is magic. Solid frame. Tight spiral.
Erik Thompson (CA) is beginning to really grow and that is not good news for the rest of his class. Form is exceptional and his flexibility is just as good. Bigger he gets, the better he will be. Smooth and accurate.
Rocky Hogue (CA) is a very raw Long Snapper but definitely one to watch. Tremendous frame and he improved quickly.
Rubio Long Snapping and Chris Sailer Kicking will be touring the country this spring and summer with their next stop being IL on Sunday, March 20 followed by TX, NC and GA. All Nike Spring Camps lead right into the the 9th Annual National Snapping Spring Event sponsored by Nike in Las Vegas on May 14-15, 2011. For more information, go to www.RubioLongSnapping.com. Feel free to contact Chris Rubio at Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com and to read the Rubio Long Snapping blog For continuous Rubio Long Snapping information, follow him on Facebook: Chris Rubio Long Snapping and Twitter: @RubioSnapping.