CHARLOTTE — Mount Airy senior Corbin Robertson first drew the attention of college scouts last fall, when the Granite Bears’ long-snapper earned 1A All-State honors from NCPreps.com for his work during a season where the team reached the 1A state semifinals.
In April, Robertson competed in the Rubio Long Snapping Camp in Pennington, N.J. and came out victorious at that competition, where 40 of the country’s best high-school long-snappers squared off. The senior is regarded as one of the country’s top prospects at that “specialist” position, in which the long-snapper assumes the center position on the offensive line for field goals, extra points, and punts. Because these plays require the center to deliver the ball accurately over a much longer distance than either a direct snap to the quarterback, or a “Shotgun” or “Pistol” formation snap to the quarterback, it requires a much higher level of skill and is much more difficult to master. Exceptionally skilled long-snappers have had careers of 15 years or more in the NFL, and are highly sought-after for their services.
Robertson was back in action at another Rubio camp on Sunday in Charlotte. He didn’t come out on top in this one, but he was still among the top prospects in the Class of 2018, with long-snapping guru Chris Rubio, a former UCLA player, praising his good form and impressive physical size; many long-snappers are undersized for an offensive lineman, but Robertson, at 6’4”, 245 pounds, is a notable exception.
“The more athletic he gets, the better he will be in the long run,” Rubio commented.
In mid-May, Robertson traveled to Las Vegas for Rubio’s VEGAS 30 national championship event, having earned an automatic berth with his win at the camp in New Jersey the month before. At that competition, he was timed in delivering a long snap to the punter in just 0.8 second, and had one of the highest scores for accuracy of anyone present.
He will return for his senior season this fall with the Bears, who will again battle East Surry for conference supremacy in the Northwest 1A Conference, and hope to take that final step that eluded them a year ago.