The art of the snap.
While it seems so easy, the deep snapper position is becoming a highly-coveted specialty skill that can be the difference between a win and loss.
Houston is home to a nationally-ranked deep snapper in Memorial’s Jacob Graham.
Graham’s father had a friend who was a tight end for the New England Patriots, who converted to a deep snapper.
“That’s when I really got interested in it,” the long-time Texas A&M fan said. “It’s a skill that anyone can learn. If you commit to it, you can get pretty good at it.”
Graham only picked up the skill a year ago.
“You have to be pretty flexible in your hamstrings and shoulders to get you through the ball,” he said. “Other than that, it’s all about repetition. Over time, it will come.”
Graham played guard last year, but will likely move to center for the Mustangs. He also throws the shot put for Memorial’s track team and umpires little league baseball in the spring.
“I will be hitting college camps in June and then hit the Kohl's kicking camps and other national camps in July,” he said.
He currently ranks as the No. 2 deep snapper in Texas with a 4.5 star-rating by Kohl’s special teams service for the Class of 2020.
“Sports is about being committed to something,” he said. “You have to manage your time and it teaches you a ton of life lessons.”
For Graham, he’s had a goal of getting on a college football field. He’s using his tools, hard work and ingenuity to get there.
“There’s not a lot of room for a 5-foot-11, 215-pound offensive lineman, so what do you do?,” he said. “You deep snap, that’s what you do.”