|HometownLas Vegas, NV|
|High schoolBishop Gorman|
Jordan Ober, a 6-foot, 190-pound long snapper from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, got an offer from Nebraska special team coordinator Bruce Read. And a week later, on Feb. 1, Ober made his decision: Nebraska.
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 told The World-Herald. “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.”
And Ober did go to Lincoln, making his official visit on Jan. 31 with his parents and his stepmother. Apparently he liked what he saw, committing the next day.
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 the five-star rating mean?
“That I’d be comfortable with him starting a game tomorrow,” Rubio said.
Read went in pursuit of Ober after San Jose long snapper Grant Gluhaich picked California over Nebraska.
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 severely injured his back 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 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.
Ober joined World-Herald readers for a live chat on signing day, read the full transcript here.
Here's Ober's signing day tweet:
Go Big Red— Jober (@jordan_ober17) February 4, 2015
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Coachspeak: “A good long snapper is like a Honda Accord. It’s not the flashiest, but it’s going to get the job done.” — Chris Rubio of Rubio Long Snapping, Ober’s personal long snapping coach and long snapper evaluator.
Our take: If you’re going to shell out big bucks to hire a special teams coordinator — as Mike Riley has with Bruce Read — you might as well let the guy shop for some of the groceries. So a scholarship long snapper it is. Ober’s getting a free education to never make a mistake.
These are the players who built Nebraska football.
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