Tallahassee (FL) Godby High School long-snapper Stephen Gabbard, Jr. has committed to Florida State…
Gabbard May Have BCS Offers in His Future
Stephen Gabbard takes most of his snaps from the line of scrimmage from either his tight end or defensive end position for Tallahassee (FL) Godby High School. The position that is most likely to earn him a college scholarship however is when he actually has the ball in his hands as a long-snapper for punts and field goals. While not a glamour position or position that gets many snaps, it is indeed the most important position on the field when your team is punting the ball or kicking a field goal or extra point. Much like the offensive line, it is a nameless spot on the roster until you send the ball sailing over the punters head towards your own goal line. Then, like Norm from the television show "Cheers", everybody knows your name. Gabbard's name is already known by some BCS schools though for his ability to consistently, accurately and quickly get the ball back to the punter or holder's hands. Last season Gabbard had 72 opportunities to snap the ball in punting situations and 72 times he came through for his team. That kind of dependability at such a crucial position has caught the eyes of the hometown Florida State Seminoles as well as Auburn, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wake Forest. All but South Carolina have told Gabbard that they would like to scholarship a long-snapper in this year's recruiting class. Stephen also has good football blood lines, his father Steve Gabbard, was an All-American defensive tackle at FSU in 1987 and a four-year starter for the Seminoles. He played for three NFL teams, Philadelphia, Green Bay and Washington, as an offensive lineman and, you guessed it, a long-snapper. The younger Gabbard had this to say about the recruiting process, "FSU has been with me from the beginning, I have been talking with Coach Kelly and Coach Fisher and I like them a lot. I am also looking at Florida; I have talked to them a little bit. Over spring break I took visits to North Carolina, Auburn and South Carolina." While none of the six schools recruiting the talented deep-snapper have offered, a scholarship could be just around the corner. Camps are a great opportunity to evaluate specialist and Gabbard will be camping at Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Wake Forest in the coming weeks. Look for more updates on Stephen Gabbard as the summer camp season cranks up.
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