Notre Dame received its 2nd commitment for the 2016 recruiting class when Illinois long snapper (for some reason this makes me really want to make a Blues Brothers reference) John Shannon committed during Junior Day festivities. Shannon is listed at 6'2" and 235 pounds with a self-reported 4.97 40 yard dash, 275 pound bench press, and 485 pound squat. Not fast, but you don't exactly look for that in a lineman - and more importantly, those are respectable power numbers for a 235-pounder.
We'll skip the recruiting rankings section since, not surprisingly, none of the services has long snapper rankings and none has rated Shannon.
Can we find highlights of a long snapper? Yes we can! I'll be honest and say I have no idea how to evaluate a long snapper, other than checking that the snaps aren't a train wreck. And, as you can see below, they're not. The only thing I might add is that he looks like he moves down the field pretty well after the snap.
Shannon will be a freshman during current long snapper Scott Daly's presumed fifth year, which sets Shannon up nicely to redshirt in 2016 and develop physically.
Long Term / Career
Shannon will enroll as the heir apparent to Daly and most likely start his own four-year run as the main guy in 2017. People may chuckle at the idea of using a scholarship on a long snapper, but four years of continuity at the position can be extremely valuable. Shannon will get his chance to provide that continuity.