LINCOLN — Nebraska special teams coordinator Bruce Read appears primed to land one of the nation’s top long snappers if an official visit goes well in Lincoln this weekend.
Jordan Ober, a 6-foot, 190-pound long snapper from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, got an offer Wednesday from Read after San Jose long snapper Grant Gluhaich picked California over the Huskers. Ober will make the official visit this weekend with his parents and his stepmother and decide Sunday night.
Ober was considering preferred walk-on spots at Arizona State, Boise State and San Jose State when the NU offer came through.
“It’s a game-changer,” he said. “But it’s where I’m going to live for the next four years, so I’ll take the official visit. I think I’ll like what I see.”
Chris Rubio, owner and president of Rubio Long Snapping, has Ober as a five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 11 long snapper for 2015. What does five stars mean?
“That I’d be comfortable with him starting a game tomorrow,” Rubio said.
Rubio was a long snapper at UCLA and runs 35 to 40 camps around the country each year. When coaches want a long snapper, Rubio said, they call him, since it’s his drills that developed those snappers. Rubio estimated Oregon State took five of his long snappers while Read was in Corvallis, and Read called Rubio once he moved to Nebraska to inquire about prospects.
Rubio said ball speed the time it takes for the snap to get to the punter or holder is one crucial measuring stick. Ober said he’s consistently in the .61-.63 range. That’s about the same speed as former Nebraska long snapper Gabriel Miller, who also worked with Rubio. Rubio said he had Miller ranked a little higher in 2013 than Ober is now because Miller was a little bigger. Miller injured his back severely before the 2014 season and may not play football again after major surgery.
Ober started long snapping in high school after a Gorman assistant saw him doing it in a gym class. Ober snapped for Gorman for the last two years. He said he’s familiar with current Husker offensive tackle Nick Gates, who attended Gorman, but he’s closer friends with Jackson Perry, a Gorman lineman who considered a Nebraska scholarship offer before settling on Dartmouth for its education.
Perry, he said, “had nothing but good things to say” about Nebraska.