The Michigan State Spartans have added a long snapper to the incoming 2019 freshmen group. Jude Pedrozo out of Westerville South High School in Ohio will come to East Lansing next year as a preferred walk-on.
Pedrozo’s Hudl account lists him at 6-feet-2-inches tall and 225 pounds. He is also listed as a regular center in addition to long snapper for the Wildcats. Additionally, the future Spartan was named to the All-Ohio Capital Conference second team.
Pedrozo has worked on his craft with Chris Rubio of Rubio Long Snapping, who is considered one of the best long-snapping instructors in the country. From my understanding, Pedrozo is one of the better long snapper prospects in the 2019 class.
MSU has shown interest in Pedrozo for a while — he visited campus back in October 2017. However, an offer was never sent out by MSU, which isn’t all that surprising given his position. While long snappers may not often be offered scholarships initially, many at the position earn scholarships later on in their careers. The position is much more important than many may realize when it comes to getting off clean snaps for punts and field goals.
The Spartans currently have three long snappers on the roster. Although Collin Caflisch is not expected to return for a fifth year of eligibility, so a spot should be open for Pedrozo. Starter Ryan Armour, who was put on scholarship this fall, will return and likely handle the long-snapping duties for the Spartans again in 2019. Nick Chudler, a freshman walk-on this year, will likely make the team again as a sophomore next season.
Check out Pedrozo’s senior highlights below, and note his hustle on punt coverage.