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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Long snapping pays off for Smith

By Damon Sayles

Adonis Smith (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) sees himself either as a wide receiver or tight end on offense, but he has spent the last couple of years honing his skills as a long snapper. He figured having that in his back pocket could earn him additional playing time at the next level.

Turns out, it will get him a chance to play FBS football.

Smith has verbally committed to attend Air Force and play for the Falcons. Recruited by offensive coordinator Blane Morgan, Smith is the 28th commitment of Air Force’s 2013 recruiting class. He is expected to join the team primarily as a long snapper to start out his career.

“It’s my first FBS offer, and when [Morgan] offered, it made me feel real good,” Smith said. “I’ve been out day after day working. He told me that this isn’t for everybody, and he wants to see what kind of person I can be. I’m going to show that I can be the person he wants.”

A 6-1, 190-pound athlete, Smith could see time at several positions for the Falcons, including receiver or possibly an H-back. For now, Smith will focus on long snapping. Smith has been working with longtime renowned long snapping coach Chris Rubio since 2011.

Smith actually is heading to Las Vegas this weekend to compete in the 11th annual National Kicking & Snapping Event hosted by Chris Sailer Kicking and Rubio Long Snapping. Smith was hoping the Las Vegas event would get him additional exposure.

Now, Smith, who had Division II looks, will go to Las Vegas as a future Falcon.

“I’ve been out working hard day after day,” Smith said. “This [long snapping] is another skill that has opened doors to bigger and better things. I was either going to go D-II and play receiver, or I was going to Air Force and be a long snapper. It feels great.”