Letter to ALL Long Snappers still Available after National Signing Day


I know that you are currently in panic mode and are wanting to sign with a school RIGHT NOW. My first piece of advice, RELAX. You still have time to change the outcome of what school you will end up playing for. I know this because I have been in your shoes at this exact point! Below are a few key variables that you can work to improve to build further interest from Collegiate Coaches. In addition, take a trip down my recruiting roller coaster in 2006-2007 to see how quickly things can change. One last piece of advice, use your anxiousness in signing with a school as a motivator to improve the variables that you may lack in. 

I wish you the best of luck!
Nolan Owen
NOLS Owner/Coach
4 Year Division 1 Starting Long Snapper
4 Year Full-Ride Scholarship Recipient 


1) Train to get your 15 yard snap times faster than .750 seconds and a snap accuracy of 90-100% to the punter's core. 
2) Better your Athleticism (Speed & Agility). 
3) Get Stronger.
4) At Least Weigh 215 lbs.
5) Boost your GPA.
6) Get NEW Recruiting Film once factors 1-5 have improved/been met.
7) Contact all potential schools you would be interested in playing for.


Nationally Ranked Long Snapper: Rubio Long Snapping Class of 2007 #6 Long Snapper - May 14, 2006
Named HS Starter: Temescal Canyon High School (OT, LS) - September 1, 2006
Season Ending Injury: Tore ACL & Meniscus - September 22, 2006
Reconstructive Surgery: ACL & Meniscus - October 5, 2006 
Lost Opportunity: Arizona State University (Head Coaching Change)  - November 27, 2006 
Lost Opportunity: Stanford University (Head Coaching Change)  - December 19, 2006 
Nationally Ranked Long Snapper: Rubio Long Snapping Class of 2007 #11 Long Snapper - January 14, 2007
Lost Opportunity: Oklahoma State University (Offers Different Player) - January 14, 2007
Lost Opportunity: Oregon State University (Offers Different Player) - February 2, 2007
Lost Opportunity: Fresno State University (Offers Different Player) - February 7, 2007
Gained Opportunity: University of Southern California (Received Preferred Walk-On Offer) - February 24, 2007
Verbal Commit: University of Southern California - February 24, 2007
Unofficial Visit: USC Spring Game - April 14, 2007
Official School Admittance: University of Southern California - April 14, 2007
Gained Opportunity: Northern Illinois University (Potential Full-Ride Scholarship Offer) - April 17, 2007
Travel for Official Visit: Flight from LAX to ORD - April 19, 2007
Official Visit School Tour & Tryout: Workout with NIU Punter - April 20, 2007
Official Visit Entertainment: NIU Spring Game - April 21, 2007
Official Full-Ride Scholarship Offer: NIU Head Coach Joe Novak gave 48 hours to Commit or Decline - April 21, 2007
Provided "Ultimatum": USC Special Teams Coach Sam Anno and Head Coach Pete Carrol declined request to match NIU's Scholarship Offer - April 22, 2007
Respectful Decommit: University of Southern California - April 22, 2007
Verbal Commit: Northern Illinois University - April 23, 2007
Signed Paperwork: Northern Illinois University (Full-Ride Scholarship) - April 24, 2007
High School Graduation: Temescal Canyon High School - June 13, 2007
Report to NIU: Summer Classes and Summer Workouts - June 16, 2007