On Friday, the Texas Longhorns secured a pledge from Kingwood Park long snapper Grayson Yeager as a member of the 2018 recruiting class:
So blessed to say that I have committed to The University of Texas. Thanks @Coach_Naivar & @CoachTomHerman for this opportunity! #HookEm pic.twitter.com/RJNQ3EYIHM— Grayson Yeager (@grayson_y78) November 17, 2017
Since college programs don’t generally offer scholarships for long snappers out of high school, Yeager will almost certainly be a preferred walk on once he arrives in Austin.
At 6’3 and 260 pounds, Yeager has ideal size for the position — he also plays along the offensive and defensive lines for his high school.
Size has been a problem for the ‘Horns at the position recently, as 5’11, 215-pound Jak Holbrook had issues giving up penetration on field-goal attempts last season. During the offseason, head coach Tom Herman secured 6’3, 275-pound graduate transfer Kaleb Smith from Oklahoma State to handle those duties.
Holbrook is handles the snaps to Ray Guy semifinalist Michael Dickson on the punt coverage unit, while Yeager will compete with redshirt freshman Michael David Poujoul to replace Smith. Poujoul is a 6’4, 220-pounder from Houston Memorial.
After doing some training with Rubio Long Snapping, Yeager received the following critique:
Love to see him work on being smooth with his snapping motion and keep it more fluid. When he is on, it is one motion....when he has a hiccup, it is because he separates his snapping motion into to parts. Making it one will really increase his accuracy and speed to increase his RSI at VEGAS 30 in May. With this slight improvement, he could easily find himself receiving a TOP 12 Camp invite.
He was rated as a Division II prospect by that service nearly a year ago, but did enough at a Texas summer camp to impress the Longhorns staff. Now he’s the newest member of #RevolUTion18.