Recap of the Underclassmen Invitational

On July 20-21, Rubio Long Snapping held it’s annual Underclassmen Invitational. This camp has quickly grown to be a favorite amongst Long Snappers, the parents and the staff of Rubio Long Snapping. It is basically like a mini TOP 12 Camp with Long Snappers from the classes of 2019-2022.

Day 1 was filled with instruction, lively competitions, social media seminar by Terry Crosby (always a good time), a game show (Long Snappers dominated!) and a catered pasta dinner for all participants and their families. One of the great things about this camp is some of the meetings are done without the other party. For instance, when Terry Crosby was speaking to the parents, the specialists were in another area learning about nutrition and lifting. Then, on the flip side, when Crosby was speaking to the kids, the parents were not in the room. This definitely leads to some great moments within the Rubio Long Snapping family.

Day 2 was all about competition and one-on-one instruction. When the Long Snappers weren’t going head to head on The Rubio Target, they, and their parents, were brought over to work with Rubio in a one-on-one setting. Time and time again, you could hear “Ahhhhhh!” “Ohhhhhhhhh” “I knew there was something off, thanks for clearing it up Rubio!” It was a great four hours for all involved and everyone got better!

The overall winner was Luke Payne (2019, GA). Luke was hot off a win at the Rubio Long Snapping GA Summer Camp and he left no doubt he is headed for greatness. His ball is beyond accurate, he has good consistency and the kid handles pressure like a true champion. If any Long Snapper is going against Luke and he scores first, the game is usually over.

Standouts from the Underclassmen Invitational
2019 (in alphabetical order)
– Brendan Beattie continues to impress me with his attitude and quickness of his ball. It really jumps out of the gate well and the kid is beyond coachable.
– Sean Correia is strong and accurate. Confidence and not thinking will be huge for him.
– Donato Crisanti is dripping with potential on his extremely long frame.
– Liam Crowley might have the most upside of his class. Kid is growing (body and snapping) like it is going out of style.
– Evan Davis is built like a Mack truck and is really turning the corner with his snapping.
– Cade Degraw is built very well and snaps with power.
– James Durr is right on the cusp of greatness. By October, he could easily be top 20 in his class.
– Mark Fuchs is strong, powerful and a very quick learner.
– Charlie Gambs was beyond impressive with great speed and power.
– Brad George was exceptional with rocket like speed and an incredible attitude.
– Adam Guillemette made it to the finals and could have won the whole thing.
– Aidan Hall is long and overflowing with potential.
– Josiah Hirsch has a great frame and solid upside.
– Ethan Hudak was on point and you could tell he has been working on all aspects of his snapping.
– Carson Knight made it all the way to the finals and was inches away from winning it all. Smooth Long Snapper.
– John Landherr has a great, long frame and I love the direction he is headed.
– JJ Lindsay is right on the cusp of dominating his class.
– Frank Melgarejo is athletic, powerful and close to greatness. Smoothing out his overall snapping motion will be huge.
– Mason Napper is built like a college fullback and has as much power as well. When he is on, he is REALLY on.
– Cody Olszewski is powerful and just about ready to crush his class.
– Thomas Peterson is massive and could end up being top ten in his class if he puts it all together.
– Nolan Rossback is an exceptional person on and off the field. Strength will be huge for him as his form is par for greatness.
– Joe Shimko just keeps rolling after his victory in NJ. Moves well.
– Stephen Sokach-Minnick has tremendous upside and is a VERY quick learner.
– Kevin Thompson absolutely rips the ball back to the punter.
– William Wagner is a large man with tons of power.
– Braedy Wilson could play two positions at the next level on his frame alone.
Notables: Ferris, Allen, Bolz, Finklea, Flowers, Hughes, Imrem, Johnson, Kaye, Montoya, Morton, Rahal, Rea, Rhodes, Sather, Voichahoske, Wiysel

Rain was not a bad thing when it hit in Tampa!

2020 (in alphabetical order)
– Alex Applefield was throwing heat! Kid is going to be great.
– Michael Bastuga has good form, a great attitude and will dominate the stronger he gets.
– David Boan is a beast for his age and will dominate once he continually snaps with pure confidence.
– Phillip Bourque will crush all once he gets his head all the way through with each snap. Great personality.
– Michael Bowles is smooth and snaps with purpose.
– Eli Chism is a large man for his age and has all the tools to be a great one.
– Bryce Eimer was impressive with his accuracy and coachability
– Jake Foggia never fails to impress me as he is always improving.
– Blake Hooker might have been the most impressive 2020 Long Snapper in attendance. Kid is absolutely ripping the ball back and he snaps like he is on a mission.
– Jackson “Hot Hands” Worthen left no doubt he is one of the top Long Snappers for his class in the country.
– Jacob Garcia is growing quickly and was snapping a smooth ball. Really getting all the way through will be huge for Garcia.
– AJ Laux is a massive human being with as much potential as anyone I have ever worked with.
– Will Mitchell is big, strong and accurate. Trusting his form and letting the ball fly will be huge for Mitchell.
– Michael Munoz looks like a high school senior and can snap like one, at times, as well. Getting through will be huge for him as well.
– Grayson Pibal is dripping with potential on his extremely long frame.
– Ryan Purcell is accurate as they come and filled with upside.
– Grant Reid has all of the tools to be one of the best in his class.
– Michael Tokos is headed for greatness….if he keeps eating.
– Andrew Wells moves as well, if not better, than anyone in his class.
– Dylan Wiltcher was really impressive and left no doubt he can be a top kid in his class.
Notables: Bergeron, Cobb, DeLuccia, Doughty, Gorman, Hair, Hall & White

2021 & 2022 (in alphabetical order)
– Thad Baker is a big Long Snapper that looks like a junior in high school. Great attitude and upside.
– Andrew Boan has form well beyond his years. Size will be key.
– Aaron Brannock has good upside.
– Anna DeCaprio is strong as anyone in her class and dedicated. Getting fully set will be huge for Anna.
– Alec Eckert is built very long with tremendous potential. Flexibility and confidence will be huge for Eckert.
– Devon Hooper is going to be better than his brother…..and his brother is great.
– Carson Keaton is a young one right now but his form is that of an old one. Keep an eye on this kid!
– Chris Kent is an FBU All-American and he let himself be known in Tampa. Great attitude and form.
– Rino Monteforte is an absolute stud off the field (literally won the game show by himself….sorry Sailer!) and is headed towards greatness on it as well.
– Oden Pierce is built very well and is already snapping pearls. Made it to finals. By next year, he wins it.
– Nick Walker is a monster. Been with Rubio Long Snapping for a long time and it is showing.
– Xander Echols was impressive over the two day span. Form is good and he snaps a consistent ball. FBU All-American after his performance at the FBU TOP GUN Camp

Notables: Cates, Eleopoulos, Griffin, Jones, Miller, Washburn & Wilson

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