Bears Pick Up #1 Longsnapper Recruit in Nation in Zellers


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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted Aug 3, 2017
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Notre Dame Prep longsnapper Slater Zellers
In a season where Cal is likely to offer as many as 25-30 scholarships, it's the perfect time to extend an offer to specialists -a luxury a team short on scholarships might not be able to do in normal years. Enter the nation's top-rated longsnapper in Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, AZ) senior Slater Zellers.

Cal special teams/tight ends coach Charlie Ragle's recruiting zone and area of expertise is in Arizona and the Pacific Southwest, so Zellers has been on Ragle's radar for quite some time. 

"I was in contact with Coach Ragle for a while," said Zellers. "He actually coached my cousin (DL Parker Zellers) at U of A and he had nothing but great things to say about him. 

"So I've known him over the years and he invited me up to Cal's special teams camp where I snapped for them. He's a great guy. I'm really excited to be coached by him and grow as a player.

"They ended up offering me me on my trip and I met Coach Wilcox and the other coaches. I love the coaching staff there."

To get on the national radar as a longsnapping specialist, many years of hard work typically is a part of the process. 

"I started longsnapping in 7th or 8th grade," said Zellers. "I went to Kohl's Kicking Camp. I stuck with it ever since then. And my coach, Ben Bernard told me to come out and start snapping with him so I have. He's the best in the nation, in my opinion. He's had multiple D1 scholarship guys every year."

Slater noted that consistency, accuracy and speed are the biggest factors coaches look for in longsnappers -traits that he's developed in 4-5 years of consistent training in his specialty.

Zellers also noted the Cal's academic status was the final piece of the puzzle for him and he plans to study finance as a student at Cal.

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