January 3, 2011

New Jersey longsnapper to visit CSU

While New Jersey isn't typically found inside Colorado State's more common recruiting areas, the Rams have gone to the Garden State in hopes of collecting a longsnapper. Holmdel, (NJ) prep Sean Tobin said he has received an offer from the Rams and will visit Fort Collins on Jan. 21.

Tobin currently holds an offer from the Rams and stands 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds. The St. John Vianney prep said he was an outside linebacker last season, collecting roughly 80 tackles, eight sacks and an interception.

"I think I run sideline-to-sideline well and I am a really good longsnapper," Tobin said. "I think what makes me different from other snappers is I can snap the ball, then run down the field and make the tackle."

Tobin said most of the FBS-level schools he has visited with have told him he could get a shot to play linebacker as well. He said that is important to him as he also holds offers from FCS schools who will let him play defense as well as snap.

"I have gotten multiple I-AA offers to play linebacker," Tobin said. "For most of the bigger schools, I am getting looks as a longsnapper. The bigger schools say I can also play linebacker and that is something I want to do. They say down the road, you'll be able to play on defense. That was a concern for me. I might have chosen a I-AA school over a I-A school that just wanted me to longsnap."

Tobin said he emailed Colorado State special teams coordinator Larry Lewis with a link of longnsnapping highlights about two months ago. Since then, the two have been in contact and Tobin said he is looking forward to his visit to Fort Collins in hopes of seeing a strong academic school, as well as a family atmosphere on the team.

"He (Lewis) said the punter could be an All-American in a year or so and he said they need to put in all the pieces to facilitate that and that is where I come in," Tobin said. "I am looking for a good academic school. If everything works out with the NFL, that is awesome, but I am not expecting it to. If I can get some free school, then that is awesome."

In addition to Fort Collins, Tobin said he will also visit Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech this month. He added that distance from home is not a concern for him where college is concerned.

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