As Hudsonville (MI) 2019 long snapper Nolan Rossback has emerged as one of the top players at his position he has also gained plenty of interest on the recruiting trail and has been hearing from the #15 Michigan State Spartans.
Spartan Nation recently spoke with Rossback who said that he’s camped at Michigan State twice and went on two unofficial visits to East Lansing last fall and has been getting to know Spartans’ offensive line coach Mark Staten.
“I have been to the specialist camp now two times and it has been run predominantly by Mark Staten, for the long-snapping part,” he said. “Right now, he is my main connection to Michigan State and he hooked me up with two unofficial invites this past fall for the Western Michigan game and the Indiana game.”
While Rossback does not yet hold an offer from the Spartans, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound standout said that he’s long considered himself a fan of Michigan State and added that an offer from the Spartans would obviously be a big deal for him.
“I’ve been attending Michigan State games since the age of three and we’ve been season ticket holders since then,” he said. “No doubt, I’m green and white through and through.”
“That would mean the absolute world to me,” Rossback added. “It’s been my dream for as long as I can remember and to accomplish that would be absolutely amazing.”
Rossback, who said that former Michigan State long snapper Taybor Pepper encouraged him to become a long snapper, has also drawn comparisons to Pepper and said it’s a comparison that he is humbled by.”
“I would say so, and it’s an honor to be put in similarity with Taybor,” he said. “Taybor is a great snapper and he’s the one that kind of got me into it and I’ve looked up to him for a long time.”
While he has established himself as the top long snapper in the state of Michigan, Rossback told Spartan Nation that he hopes to lower his snap time from .79 seconds to .75 seconds before the start of his senior season and wants to get all of the way down to .70 before he moves on to the next level.
Rossback said that he believes the hard work that he’s put in as well as his ability to both block and tackle downfield is what’s helped him become one of the most sought-after long snappers in the country.
“I think the biggest thing that kind of separates me is my work ethic and my consistency,” he said. “My ball tends to be the exact same every time and that’s something that colleges look for. But I also think what helps is my ability to be versatile when it comes to covering downfield or blocking. At the end of the day, every snapper at the D-1 level can snap a ball, but it’s about how well you do post-snap.”
In his time on campus in East Lansing, Rossback said that more than anything, he was impressed by the people in and around the football program and how they’ve treated him on his visits.
“I think the biggest thing that stood out to me was just how welcoming the staff is,” he said. “Everyone there – even the people who check you in – they make you feel so welcome and they make you feel like such a part of the program.”
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