Where Are They Now? Rubio Long Snapper Richard Wilcox

richard-wilcox3553Every once in awhile, there will be a Rubio Long Snapper that realizes, “You know what, maybe Long Snapping just isn’t for me anymore.” You are probably thinking to yourself, “Oh, I bet that really pisses Rubio off!!!” Actually, it doesn’t because it is not for everyone and like I always tell the parents and the kids when they make this decision, “As long as the kid is happy, I am happy!” Long Snapping is a great thing but being an all around great person that can also snap, is so much better in the long run.

This brings me to Richard Wilcox of Humboldt State University. Wilcox is a TREMENDOUS human being that graduated from high school in 2015. He was a very good Long Snapper and has an outstanding personality. He was always well beyond his years and we would have some great conversations at the CA camps and VEGAS.

Well, as it happens at times, Wilcox got to college and decided he needed to move on from Long Snapping to pursue a goal of his. I have been following him and his progress for quite some time and I asked if I could do a blog on him so here we go….

Where do you live? I currently live in Eureka, California attending Humboldt State university.

What is your major? I’m a business major, with a minor in writing.

What year do you plan to graduate? Well Thanks to a lot of AP classes in high school I am already an academic junior even though this is only my second year at HSU. I should hopefully graduate by Spring 2018

What is your fondest memory of your time playing college football? Well, I only played one year of college football at HSU but there was one time, after a game, when I signed an autograph for a little kid, yeah he probably didn’t know I was a long snapper, but he looked up to me, and that felt pretty cool.

untitled2How come you no longer play football? I decided that I wanted to focus on my degree, and my writing, to better prepare myself for my future.

If you could give ONE bit of advice to the current Rubio Long Snappers, what would it be? Listen to Rubio and practice religiously. It’s imperative to your development as a long snapper to practice. Oh, and stay out of your head, everybody has bad snaps, they don’t define you as a snapper.

If you could give ONE bit of advice to the current Rubio Long Snapping PARENTS, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to let your kid make mistakes, sometimes that’s the best way they learn and if a coach calls the house just pass the phone off to your athlete, that’s who they are calling for.

When was the last time you snapped a ball and for what reason? Over the summer at my brother’s house I was snapping in the street wearing socks and I tore a huge hole in them because of the asphalt haha.untitled

What do you do other than school? My dream job is to be a video game journalist, so with my free time I focus on refining my writing skills by writing for a website, Binderbits.com. I have been doing this for a little over a year now and it has helped me improve my writing exponentially and opened me up to opportunities a few years ago I was dreaming of achieving, including going to the Electronic Entertainment Expo in LA, which is an invite only industry event. On top of my writing I also recently started my own YouTube channel, DickDoesGaming. It is pretty bare bones right now as I kind of just started it, but I’m currently in the process of working out a content schedule so I can make sure my channel keeps up the consistency at which it publishes content, and once that’s finalized I’ll be pumping out videos on a regular basis!

What is the Youtube Channel all about? One day I hope my channel Is a combination of Video game gameplay, opinions, news, and interviews with developers and video game personalities, but since I don’t have the right equipment, time, or money to do this full time, I’m going to focus about video game news and culture while interjecting my personal viewpoints’, hoping to grow it from there over time!

Where can we follow you on social media? I’m most active on my twitter (@richardw55) where I post stuff about football, video games, and the occasional dumb joke. If the type of content I do is interesting to you, subscribe to my YT channel to get updates when I post new videos, it would mean the world!

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Chris-Rubio-2Rubio Long Snapping is, by far, the biggest and best resource for Long Snappers in the country. Offering the best instruction and most exposure in the world. Rubio Long Snapping can help you to become the best snapper you can be!

In just 12 years, Chris Rubio, President and Owner of Rubio Long Snapping, has become the #1 Long Snapping instructor in the country and the go-to man when a college coach needs a Long Snapper. Colleges from across the country rely on “Rubio’s” word day in and day out on who the best Long Snappers are in the country. Rubio Long Snapping has assisted in over 300 Long Snappers earning FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to major colleges and universities just for Long Snapping and many into the NFL as well.

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Article & Rankings for the Class of 2015 Long Snappers at VEGAS XXVI!

The rankings are completed for the 2015 Long Snappers that participated at VEGAS XXVI!

Long Snappers in this class came out from AZ, CA, OH, CT and NJ to get the best instruction and most exposure for Long Snappers in the country.

Be sure to check out all of the photos on the Rubio Long Snapping Facebook page HERE

TOP 2015 LONG SNAPPERS:

  • Carson Vey (headed to Penn) showed complete dominance all weekend. Truly a tremendous athlete that could play multiple positions in college.
  • Matt Foley was filled with confidence and could have won the whole thing. BYU got a good one in Foley.
  • Harrison Hoffman looked beyond smooth and ready for the next level. Very impressed with his improvement.
  • Cody Block is, easily, one of the most athletic Long Snappers coming out the JC ranks. He is able to play right now and should get picked up soon. Hard worker.

Notables: Hunter Drzik, Darren Diffee, Patrick Williams and Richard Wilcox.

IMG_0629.JPGKEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from The Rubio Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me. That is why they take a good amount of time. (Think of it this way, it takes MONTHS to build a Rolls Royce but only hours to build an average car)
  • My rankings are based off of this blog I wrote about what makes a Long Snapper great.
  • If you would like anything added to your profile page, simply email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) the information and consider it done.
  • All Long Snappers are ranked after their first fall camp of their freshman year in high school.

A Long Snapper has the ability to adjust their ranking anytime I see them LIVE, not on video.

For the profiles section, simply go to RubioLongSnapping.com. click PLAYER PROFILES, click which class, click LONG SNAPPERS and find your name.

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Chris-Rubio-2Rubio Long Snapping is, by far, the biggest and best resource for Long Snappers in the country. Offering the best instruction and most exposure in the world. Rubio Long Snapping can help you to become the best snapper you can be!

In just 12 years,  Chris Rubio, President and Owner of Rubio Long Snapping, has become the #1 Long Snapping instructor in the country and the go-to man when a college coach needs a Long Snapper. Colleges from across the country rely on “Rubio’s” word day in and day out on who the best Long Snappers are in the country. Rubio Long Snapping has assisted in over 300 Long Snappers earning FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to major colleges and universities just for Long Snapping and many into the NFL as well.

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Happy Ranksgiving to the Class of 2015 Long Snappers

VEGAS XXV FinalsThe rankings are completed for ALL 2015 Long Snappers that participated in the Rubio Long Snapping National Event: VEGAS XXV!

Approximately 300 Long Snappers came in from nearly every state in the country and even Canada to learn from the best and get the most exposure possible for Long Snappers. This was what you call a true national event to see how you really compare against the best in the world. As I stated before, there is nothing like Vegas and this one definitely did not disappoint. Testimonials are coming in non-stop regarding the weekend.  With the addition of an agility and tackling station, athleticism really played a role in the rankings.

Next ranking opportunity will be at any Rubio Long Snapping spring and summer camp.

This group was simply amazing with the level of talent they brought out to the field on both days. I could make this post 20 pages long talking about each and every one of them. Here are the best of the best….

  • Blake Ferguson was like a machine. Every thing you hear about him is true, plus more. He is that good.
  • Wesley Farnsworth is, easily, the most athletic Long Snapper in the country and I would put him up against any other high school player and still have my money on Farnsworth.
  • Liam McCullough has rockets for hands and catches fire.
  • AJ Carty will put a hole in his punter if he is not paying attention. Timed him several times in the .5s!
  • Tyler Griffiths has never once looked better after a camp. Kid is always improving.
  • Michael Poujol is, by far, the best available Long Snapper in the country.
  • Grant Gluhaich was simply amazing all weekend. Fire comes off his ball it is moving so quickly. Missed winning by two inches.
  • Jordan Ober handles pressure as well anyone in the country.
  • Hayden Sak is a massive man with tons of potential and talent.
  • Travis Baugus was on fire and snapping with great confidence. Passes an eyeball test quickly.
  • Drew McCracken is a pure athlete that rips the ball back to the punter.
  • Ryan Simmons was oozing confidence and he was outstanding all weekend.

Notables: Richard Wilcox, Brendan Lowery, Matt Foley, Chase Urbach, Owen Gilbert, Peter Comaroto, Ryan Parris, Harrison Hoffman, Logan Hamilton, Zach Wood, JT Bale, Kyle Varnell, Marco Cadavieco, Christian Samarzich, Landon Giammalva, Michael Soto, Wyatt Leath and Ryan Oak.

KEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from The Rubio Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me. That is why they take a good amount of time. (Think of it this way, it takes MONTHS to build a Rolls Royce but only hours to build an average car)
  • My rankings are based off of this blog I wrote about what makes a Long Snapper great.
  • If you would like anything added to your profile page, simply email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) the information and consider it done.
  • All Long Snappers are ranked after their first fall camp of their freshman year in high school.

A Long Snapper has the ability to adjust their ranking anytime I see them LIVE, not on video.

For the rankings section, simply go to RubioLongSnapping.com  rollover PLAYER RANKINGS, rollover which CLASS you are looking for, click that CLASS, click LONG SNAPPERS and find your name.

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Chris-Rubio-2Rubio Long Snapping is, by far, the biggest and best resource for Long Snappers in the country. Offering the best instruction and most exposure in the world. Rubio Long Snapping can help you to become the best snapper you can be!

In just 12 years,  Chris Rubio, President and Owner of Rubio Long Snapping, has become the #1 Long Snapping instructor in the country and the go-to man when a college coach needs a Long Snapper. Colleges from across the country rely on “Rubio’s” word day in and day out on who the best Long Snappers are in the country. Rubio Long Snapping has assisted in over 300 Long Snappers earning FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to major colleges and universities just for Long Snapping and many into the NFL as well.

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Recap Article and Video of the 12th Annual Spring Event in Las Vegas

Long Snappers came out on May 10-11 to attend the Rubio Long Snapping Camp in Las Vegas from from over half of the USA to get the best  Long Snapping instruction and exposure in the country for Long Snappers. Long Snappers, and their parents/guardians, were instructed on the field on Satuday with competition on Sunday. Each Long Snapper was filmed and will have a player profile provided for them on RubioLongSnapping.com.

The overall winner of the camp was Jordan Ober (NV, ’15). Ober was exceptional all weekend in Vegas. The hometown hero snapped a great, accurate ball throughout the two days. He is snapping with confidence and dips into the D1 range. Incredible accuracy and has been improving a great amount in a very short amount of time. Excellent attitude.

The 12 Long Snappers that made the finals round on Sunday due to their exceptional RSI (Rubio Standard Index – score divided by speed with bonus points for more speed) were….Jordan Ober, AJ Carty, George Madden, Grant Gluhaich, Jake Knight, Tommy Bancroft, Liam McCullough, John Aloma, Harrison Goebel, Darren Diffee, Logan Hamilton & Michael Poujol. All were great but Ober just outlasted them all.

TOP 2014/JC Long Snappers (to see any profiles, simply go to RubioLongSnapping.com under Player Rankings)….

 

  • Wesley Bertoni looked exceptional all weekend. Body is strong and his form is perfect. AMAZING improvement in the last year
  • Cody Block did extremely well over the weekend in Vegas. He is transfer from Nevada and looks to being easily able to snap at the next level. The harder he snaps, the better he does.
  • Nick Avantino was snapping hard all weekend and moves well on his feet. Great attitude.
  • Elijah Richardson was throwing heat in Vegas and is built very well. Strong Long Snapper with a ton of upside.
  • Bobby Daggett looked poised and confident. Coming along very nicely.
  • Nathan Lucas looked very smooth and accurate all weekend in Vegas.

TOP 2015 Long Snappers (to see any profiles, simply go to RubioLongSnapping.com under Player Rankings)…

  • Blake Ferguson continues to dominate the art of Long Snapping. He looks like a full grown man and is snapping like one as well. Ball is very smooth, accurate and fast. Said it once and I will say it again, LSU got lucky grabbing him early.
  • Liam McCullough made it into the finals against Ober and could have easily taken the title. Kid is massive and snaps a nice ball that jumps out at you. Four scholarships and counting…and all well deserved.
  • Garrett Wilson  has been putting on some very good weight and that has helped him snapping immensely. Kid is on fire and was performing so well, I invited him to the Event Elite, right on the spot.
  • Ryan Simmons is another Long Snapper that was so impressive that he was selected to Event Elite right on the spot. Great accuracy and was snapping hard all weekend.
  • AJ Carty was ripping the ball back to the punter and snapping the ball with a ton of confidence.
  • Grant Gluhaich was ON FIRE all weekend in Vegas. Kid can snap as anyone in the country…easily. The bigger he gets, the better he will be.
  • Wes Farnsworth is as athletic a Long Snapper as you could ever hope for in life. Kid flies like the wind and rips the ball back to the punter.
  • George Madden is built like a college linebacker and snaps like a college Long Snapper.
  • Nick Cox performed very well and was excellent for his first Rubio Long Snapping camp.
  • Michael Poujol might have the most upside of any Long Snapper in the country.

Other notable 2015 Long Snappers…Tommy Bancroft, Marco Cadavieco, Peter Comaroto, Darren Diffee, Ryan Farr, Matt Foley, Harrison Goebel, Caleb Hendrix, Logan Hamilton, Matt Keller, Jake Knight, Brendan Lowery, Chris Lutzel,  Chaska Moon, Ryan Parris, Hayden Sak, Chase Urbach, Richard Wilcox and Hunter Womac.

Top 2016 Long Snappers  (to see any profiles, simply go to RubioLongSnapping.com under Player Rankings)…

  • John Shannon, yet again, separated himself as a man amongst boys with his overall ability at the Vegas Event. He easily snaps at the D1 level right now and looks ripe to get a scholarship soon.
  • John Aloma was the only sophomore to make it to the finals round and it was well deserved. He came to Vegas with a strong mindset and really dominated from start to finish.
  • Harrison Freeman is a massive man with the most potential in his class. Kid could jump and take the top spot soon.
  • Johnny Den Bleyker could be the most athletic Long Snapper in his class. Tons of talent on this Long Snapper.
  • Connor Kirkegaard was excellent all weekend in Vegas. He is starting to snap with a lot of confidence. The more consistent he gets, the better he will be.
  • Donald Reiter was really solid in Vegas. Large man that is strong and does a great job on his spiral. Love his attitude.

Other notable 2016 Long Snappers…Geron Eatherly, Damon Johnson, Jake Munoz, Anthony Ratliff, Koby Walsh and Steven Wirtel.

Top 2017/2018 Long Snappers  (to see any profiles, simply go to RubioLongSnapping.com under Player Rankings)….

  • Mitch Hall looked great, as always, out in Vegas. It is like he is older and snapping with youngsters. Very good form and attitude.
  • Shiloh Mast has a wonderful attitude and just rips the ball back to the punter. Very impressive pop for his age.
  • Thomas Fletcher is coming along very nicely with solid form and a laid back attitude. All the tools to be a great one. Size will be next hurdle for him.
  • Nate Durham is gaining confidence and he is snapping well. Watch him

Other notable 2017/2018 Long Snappers: Joe Calcagno, Javier King, Caleb Lawver, Dan Cantrell, Colin Scott and Enzo Anthony.

Rubio Long Snapping will next travel to Seattle, WA (May 16-17) for their FBU Camp. After that, several more Rubio Long Snapping camps will be coming up and can be seen at RubioLongSnapping.com

For more rankings, evaluations & future camp dates visit RubioLongSnapping.com or email Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com. Be sure to follow @TheChrisRubio and find Rubio Long Snapping on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Rubio Long Snapping is an official partner of FBU, the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, and East Bay All-America Games.  The Road to the U.S. All-America Bowl & East Bay All-American Games begins now.

 Rubio Long Snapping at FBU Camps: Seattle, WA (May 16-17), Los Angeles, CA (May 30-31), Central Ohio (July 11-12).  Email Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com to inquire about an invitation to these prestigious camps.

Now feel free to watch the full video recap below…

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Nike Summer Camp in CA – RECAP

 

 

 

Long Snappers came out to CA to attend the Nike CA Summer Camp on July 11th  from TX, ID, CO and CA to get the best instruction and exposure in the country for Long Snappers. Long Snappers, and their parents/guardians, were instructed on the field, had a film and classroom session, a recruiting seminar and ended the day with a competition with Rubio present and running the camp. Each Long Snapper was filmed and will have a player profile provided for them on RubioLongSnapping.com.

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Grant Hilton

 

Winner of the camp was Grant Hilton (CA, ’14). He found a groove in the competition section of the camp and rode it to the championship. Smooth Long Snapper that is very accurate and has good consistency.

 

 

2014/JC

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Tanner Carew

Tanner Carew – Exceptional talent that left no doubt he is the best Long Snapper in the country. Extremely smooth, quick and runs like a cheetah as well.

Chris Nieto – Smooth Long Snapper that is beyond accurate and consistent. The bigger and stronger he gets, the better he becomes.

Garrett Frum – Had a very good day out in CA with quick hands, good form and a thick body.

Connor Kelsey – Continues to improve and impress me with his form and the power he gets from his long frame.

Austin Alfaro – Strong, big and filled with potential.

Elijah Richardson – Big and extremely powerful when he is snapping the ball. Once he gets his spiral locked down it is game over for those ahead of him.

Gunnar Skidmore – Incredible improvement with his body and his snapping. Keep a close eye on him.

2015

AJ Carty – Easily the top 2015 Long Snapper in attendance. He is massive, snapping the ball with a lot of power and he is getting more athletic by the second. Great day for Carty.

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Matt Foley

Matt Foley – Snapping with a great deal of confidence and he should be…he is good!

Ryan Simmons – He did well and is VERY, VERY close to having it all click. Watch him.

Grant Gluhaich – Continues to impress me with his willingness to be coached and the power he creates with his form.

2016

Damon Johnson – Handled the pressure very well and ended up in the finals vs. Hilton and easily could have won the whole thing. Impressive day and once the spiral is locked in, he dominates.

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Damon Johnson

Johnny Den Bleyker – Shows great athleticism, incredible hand speed and D1 speeds. Always improving and very coach-able. Great attitude.

John Aloma – Snapping with more power and confidence each time. Solid day for him and he just keeps getting better.

Other notables: Wesley Bertoni, Collin Duffy, James Townsend, Jack Haney, Jack Munsey, Zach Smith, Devin Melendez, Richard Wilcox and Aria Mahinfar.

 

Rubio Long Snapping will continues it’s summer tour with stops at LSU (7/13), NC (7/15), GA (7/17), The College Camp (7/19-21), MA (7/25), IL (7/27) and CA (7/29).

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Rubio Long Snapping Nike Spring Camp in CA – RECAP

Long Snappers came out to CA on Sunday, February  24th from CA, NV, NY, OR and NJ to get the best instruction and exposure in the country for Long Snappers. The talent was overwhelming for all ages attending the camp. The overall winner of the camp was Chase Dominguez (CA, ’13). The Utah Ute commit was, as his norm, smooth and dominant all day. It is almost likes he lulls you to sleep and just crushes your hopes. Even his misses are only off by an inch or two. Chase, to say the least, is beyond ready for the next level.

Other Long Snappers that were exceptional throughout the day were….

Cole Mazza

Rubio Long Snapper Cole Mazza was the top Long Snapper in the class of 2013

2013/JC

  • Cole Mazza (CA, ’13) is easily the best Long Snapper in the country. Missed getting into the finals by a quarter of an inch and just threw absolute heat all day. Watching him snap is a true spectacle. He is just that good.
  • Jason Diffee (JC, CA) continues to improve and impress me. Body is solid, his hands are quick and he listens very well. Extremely coachable and smart with his Long Snapping.
  • Wesley Bertoni (JC, CA) has improved immensely over the past two years and has truly transformed into one of the best JC Long Snappers in the country.

2014

Rubio Long Snapper Tanner Carew

Rubio Long Snapper Tanner Carew was the top Long Snapper in the class of 2014

  • Tanner Carew (CA, ’14) is really ironing out his form and becoming smoother to go along with his incredible speed and athleticism. Sky is the limit for this Junior.
  • Christian Samarzich (CA, ’14) is looking extremely good physically and snapping a very quick, hard ball. His snap and body are both very strong.
  • Chris Nieto (CA, ’14), as I have said before, will be one of the great ones, if he wants to be. Athletic as anyone in his class and very smooth. Think of a younger Chase Dominguez and you have Nieto. TONS of potential.
  • Tyler Moore (CA, ’14) has the size and smoothness to get to the next level. I know it, does he? Keep an eye on him.
  • Garrett Frum (CA, ’14) is strong, quick and extremely coachable. All the qualities to look for in a Long Snapper headed towards the next level.

2015

Rubio Long Snapper AJ Carty

Rubio Long Snapper AJ Carty was the top Long Snapper in the class of 2015

  • AJ Carty (CA, ’15) has D1 size and confidence right now. Snaps a very smooth and quick ball. Pops back to you before you even know it. Listens well, coachable and strong.
  • Ryan Simmons (CA, ’15) has been to coming to camps for quite some time and this was easily the best I have seen him perform….and I liked what I saw prior. Very strong Long Snapper that snaps an aggressive ball. Great attitude.
  • Chase Urbach (NJ, ’15) has been on fire since Vegas and doesn’t look to be letting up anytime soon. His form is exceptional and he is gaining confidence by the day. I would keep a very close eye on Urbach. He is really starting to impress me.

2016

Rubio Long Snapper Johnny Den Bleyker

Rubio Long Snapper Johnny Den Bleyker was the top Long Snapper in the class of 2016

  • Johnny Den Bleyker (CA, ’16) was very, very solid out in CA. He is strong, beyond athletic and like a machine when he is snapping the ball. Form is exceptional. The more he gets set, the better he will be. Bright future. He left no doubt that he is the best Long Snapper in his class.
  • John Aloma (CA, ’16) was as smooth as ever with his Long Snapping. Picture perfect form that will only get better, the bigger he gets. Great attitude.
  • Damon Johnson (CA, ’16) looked VERY solid on Sunday. He has grown and using his new found strength with his snapping.

Other notables from the camp in CA: Justin Goossen-Brown, Connor Kelsey, Peter Comarato, Matt Foley, Keller Murphey, Tommy Merickel, Collin Lippincott and Richard Wilcox.

Rubio Long Snapping will continue it’s Nike Spring tour next weekend, Sunday, March 3 at in Dallas, TX. That camp will be followed by camps in IL, NC, GA and CA all leading up to the 11th Annual National Kicking and Snapping Spring Event in Las Vegas on May 4-5, 2013!

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Chris-Rubio-2Rubio Long Snapping is, by far, the biggest and best resource for Long Snappers in the country. Offering the best instruction and most exposure in the world. Rubio Long Snapping can help you to become the best snapper you can be!

In just 12 years, Chris Rubio, President and Owner of Rubio Long Snapping, has become the #1 Long Snapping instructor in the country and the go-to man when a college coach needs a Long Snapper. Colleges from across the country rely on “Rubio’s” word day in and day out on who the best Long Snappers are in the country. Rubio Long Snapping has assisted in over 300 Long Snappers earning FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to major colleges and universities just for Long Snapping and many into the NFL as well.

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