Illinois Nike Spring Camp for LongSnappers
Chris Sailer Kicking/Rubio Long Snapping
Chris Sailer Kicking/Rubio Long Snapping
Rubio Long Snapping
Posted Apr 11, 2011

A look at some of the standouts from the Rubio Long Snapping Nike Spring Camp in Illinois...

Rubio Long Snapping and Chris Sailer Kicking held their Nike Spring camp in IL at St. Patrick’s HS. The group of Midwest Long Snappers in attendance was superb and definitely impressed without a doubt. Long Snappers representing CA, Il, IN, MI, WI, OH, MO, IA, MD and SD came to learn from the best and get the most exposure out there for Long Snappers in the country. Rubio Long Snapping is continuing to dominate the Long Snapping world with over 60 Long Snappers sent to college in 2010 with 2011 is on path to beat that number. Rubio Long Snapping even has a 2012 Long Snapper that has been offered a full scholarship!

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 IL was Rubio Long Snapping student Kelly Mason (IL). Kelly is a long time Rubio Long Snapping student and all of his hard work has definitely paid off. He has gone from a very average Long Snapper to one of the best in the entire country. He is big, smooth and throws a bullet. Kelly was the best overall Long Snapper all day long and deserved the victory.

Here are some of the Long Snappers that stood out:

2011 Long Snappers…..
Kelly Mason (IL) was simply dominant. He has come from being a very average Long Snapper to easily one of the best in the country. Big body that moves well. His ball is accurate, tight and hovers in the .7s at all times. Great Long Snapper.
Nick Monaghan (IL) was on fire all day long. Snapping with a ton of confidence. Monaghan is smooth as they come and very relaxed. Recently committed to Western Michigan. Great pick-up for them.
Stone Monarch (MI) recently committed to Toledo and looking very confident. Ball is very strong and quick. Thick body that moves well.

2012 Long Snappers….
Scott Daly (IL)
continues to be a machine when snapping. Ball is extremely fast and on target. The best parts about Daly is that he makes it look effortless and he is an incredible athlete.
Grant Meersand (CA) is one of the most accurate Long Snappers in the country. Handles pressure as well as anyone. Getting bigger, stronger and more confident. Making a name for himself in the Long Snapping world.
Taybor Pepper (MI) is really becoming a good one. Ball never hits above.8 and is on target. His frame is beyond long and he can easily put on weight. Once his spiral is locked down, he will be unstoppable.
Greg Hohestein (IL) did extremely well for his first Rubio Long Snapping camp. Tremendous long frame that is built for snapping. Solid form and a quick ball. Tons of potential.
Matt Wicklein (MD) was a newcomer that really caught my eye. Very fast and accurate. Stoic when he snaps. Good frame and his form is very solid.

2013 Long Snappers…
Scott Sypniewski (IL)
did well as expected. Very athletic with great form and speed on the ball. Looks the part already. Very solid Long Snapper.
Austin Orr (IN) is a flat out machine. Nothing rattles him and he is beyond smooth. Solid body that he is really transforming the right way. As accurate as anyone in the country for his age.
Gabriel Miller (IN) did well for his first Rubio Long Snapping camp. Handled pressure well and has a solid ball. Keep an eye on him.

Rubio Long Snapping and Chris Sailer Kicking will be touring the country this spring and summer with their next stop being TX on Sunday, April 17,  followed by 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 Feel free to contact Chris Rubio at 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.

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