January 25, 2011

Rams collect verbal from snapper

Since the recruitment of longsnappers is done once every three or four years, there is a certain amount of pressure on college football coaches to make their choice count. Colorado State's coaches hope they did exactly that by offering Covina (Calif.) longsnapper Tanner Gibas a scholarship this week.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Charter Oak High School will try to make a case they did starting this fall. Gibas verbally committed to play football for the Colorado State Rams Tuesday night after receiving an offer from special teams coach Larry Lewis.

"I know they weren't too sure about how they were going to offer me while I was on my visit," Gibas said. "Then, the next day coach called me up and said they would like to offer you. I ended up committing to Colorado State.

"The campus is just beautiful. Great people, a very mellow town and Colorado State University is the center of that town. I liked the fact the coaches, the players and everyone was a family. It made me feel good, it made me feel like I could fit right in."

Gibas is a disciple of the Chris Rubio longsnapper camps and is ranked as the third-best snapper in the country by Rubio. The future Liberal Arts major had the fastest snap out of 150 snappers at an event in Las Vegas last year and got high marks from Rubio on his Web site. Gibas isn't the only notable Rubio alumni. Colorado State went to Rubio to find Scott Albritton in 2008. Albritton snapped for the Rams ever since. Gibas' own brother also snapped for Texas A&M after working with Rubio.

"The only camps I went to were the Chris Rubio camps," Gibas said. "He has been my mentor for snapping and coaches my brother, who was a snapper and had a full-ride to Texas A&M. Rubio pretty got me where I am today."

"Confidence is starting to overflow on Tanner and I love it," Rubio writes in his evaluation of Gibas. "This kid is solid and ready. Ball hums. It is amazing to watch him slow it down and still hit in the mid .7s. As good of a snapper as he is, he is actually just as good of an athlete. Blocking is very good. Runs like the wind.

"The kid is thick and ready. Some school will be very lucky to get him. Ball is incredibly quick. He is a tremendous long snapper and just as good of an athlete."

Despite the high praise, Rubio's only scholarship offer came from Colorado State. Gibas was in Fort Collins visiting last weekend and graded the visit an, "A." He said aside from a lot of eating, he saw the academic center, the new football, weight and indoor practice facilities, took time to meet academic advisors and saw the Ram basketball team take on BYU.

This weekend Gibas will check out California-Berkely, a move he said his family plans to do only because they have already paid for the trip. Cal was hoping Gibas would walk-on. He was also supposed to visit Kansas in the near future and isn't sure if that visit was still on.

"I know Cal is just a walk-on and Kansas is an I-don't-know," Gibas said "That is why we decided to commit, because it was a guaranteed scholarship from Colorado State. It feels like the world is off my shoulder. I can go back to working out and snapping again and get ready for college."

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