FSU Offers the Nation’s Best Long Snapper

Mike Norvell has said a point of emphasis for his coaching staff is special teams. During his time at Memphis, Norvell’s teams were annually one of the best special teams groups in the nation. With that focus, Coach Norvell knows he needs to bring the best available players in whatever way possible. On Wednesday, Florida State offered Jake Mann, Kohl’s top-ranked long snapper for the 2021 class. We caught up with Jake to talk about how he became a long snapper, and to talk about the FSU offer and his recruitment.

More and more as the recruiting process goes on for 2021 and 2022 we are seeing Coach Norvell and is staff offering players they are familiar with from previous stops. Wednesday’s offer to Jake Mann falls within those lines. That familiarity, along with the offer, makes the Seminoles a program Mann is very interested in.

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“FSU was my first offer and I got the offer from Coach JP,” said Mann. “He told me that he loves my speed and accuracy of my snaps, and the ability to add competition to the position. I am interested in FSU for three reasons. First, I attended the Norvell Camp last year and Coach Norvell really impressed me. I thought he was the kind of coach I would love to play for. Secondly, FSU has a football history second to none. They are also in the ACC so growing up in Chapel Hill I have had the chance to see them play a lot. I believe this staff is going to turn this program around very quickly and I want to be a part of it. Finally, FSU has highly ranked business and communications programs.”

Jake was destined to be a long snapper as his father played the position in college. He said he initially pursued kicking, but after attending a Kohl’s camp he was hooked. On the high school level, Mann is also an All-Conference linebacker.

“My father was a long snapper in college so he always made me throw the ball between my legs when I was a little kid,” said Mann. “In 8th grade I actually attended a Kohl’s kicking camp to be a kicker. I found myself looking over at the long snappers to see what they were doing; it just seemed more interesting to me. After practicing snapping for a few months we went back to a Kohl’s camp and I snapped with Coach Casey Casper. He is the National Lead Long Snapping Instructor. He said right away that I had natural ability as a long snapper. I have been snapping ever since.”

“I started playing football my freshman year and I earned the starting long snapping spot,” continued Mann. “For the next two years that is all I did. This year we had a new football coach and he wanted me to play linebacker. This was the first year I played a field position. I was All-Conference at linebacker and also in lacrosse last spring.”

Long snapping is a unique position in football and it is also a vital part of special teams play. Not having the right player there could spell disaster for a football team. Jake’s ability has schools reaching out but FSU is at the top of his list at this time.

“As you know, long snapping is a unique position so there’s a need for a good long snapper,” said Mann. “Obviously FSU is at the top of my list at this point, but I have spoken to 10-15 other Power 5 schools who need a long snapper this class.”

Jake is looking for a chance to compete for National Titles and wants to be around a great culture that includes great coaches and leaders within the program.

“I am looking for a school with a stable coaching staff and great leaders,” said Mann. “A team that can compete for a championship and a school with a good academic program is what I want.”

We will keep you posted on Jake’s recruitment and report any new developments as we head into summer.

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