Napper recognized as top long snapper
By Victor Tun
Mar 12, 2017
Lassiter’s Mason Napper was named one of the top performers at the Rubio Long Snapping Camp held in Sherman Oaks, California.
“I was surprised when I heard the news,” Napper said. “I did the best I could, I feel that I could had done better but overall I was happy with my performance.”
Napper is an upcoming junior for the Trojans and he’s also a member of the 2017 U17 USA International Football Team as a center.
“It does not surprise me that he received such recognition, he is a very dedicated snapper and a hard worker,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “He has been working a lot this offseason and it’s paying off for him.”
Napper competed with over 80 athletes who came from across the country.
“It was different to compete with athletes that weren’t from Georgia,” said Napper. “Competing with players from other states, especially California, showed me that there is a lot of good competition out there.”
The snappers competed at Notre Dame High School in a one-day camp on March 5, and they received as much exposure as possible to many college coaches.
“Mason Napper came all the way out from Georgia and was impressive,” Rubio said in a release. “I love his large from and he has great consistency with his snaps. He hovered right around .77 (seconds to the holder) all day long. Excellent upside on Napper.”
Lassiter’s special teams coach Trent Wirtz has been training with Napper and has seen him grow on and off the field.
“We started training together about three months ago and he has grown a lot during such a short amount of time,” Wirtz said. “He has improved on his speed, consistency, and size. He has also gotten mentally stronger, he gives it his all when we train together.”
Napper said that some of his goals for the upcoming fall are to be consistent, faster and also to be more focused.
Napper plans on attending more camps this offseason with one of them being the Rubio Long Snapping camp again, which will be held in Atlanta on April 30.
“I expect him to be the top performer in April,” Wirtz said. “He also got invited to the Rubio Long camp that will be hosted in Las Vegas, so we will working hard the next couple of weeks in order for him to be ready.”
Napper and the Trojans will look to improve this upcoming fall from a 6-5 season where they lost to McEachern in the first round of the state playoffs.