by Lee Brecheen
October 27, 2010 – One of the most important positions on a football field is the guy snapping the ball for extra points, field goals and punts for a high school football team. Ladies and gentleman that would be called the Deep Snapper position and it wins and loses your team a lot of ball games every year.
This year there are only a hand full of deep snappers in Louisiana that could go to college and continue at the position. One of those kids is Joseph Jopling, a 6-1, 195 pound Center/Deep Snapper from Neville High School in Monroe, LA. It’s incredible what these kids have to do as a Deep Snapper. They not only snap the ball perfectly for the right timed kicked or punt, but afterwards they go down the field and make tackles.Joseph Jopling was a key part in helping Neville have one of the best kick and punt games in Louisiana in 2009, where they won the State Championship in 4A football. Jopling has a 20 ACT and a 3.6 GPA in the classroom. He squats 385 pounds which is really good for a kid under 200 pounds in weight. His bench press is 275 and clean is 315. By the way, he also runs a 4.8/40 and plays Center for the football team at only 195 pounds. Talk about a tough kid in a tough district. There’s really a misconception that deep snappers have to be big in size. Actually the best Deep Snappers start off like Jopling. They’re tall to medium height, going in the 190 to 215 range, and in college they get up to about 225 or 230. You find most Deep Snappers are in the 230 range or less in major college football programs across the country.
Joseph Jopling top colleges are LSU and La Tech in Ruston, LA.