Mommas don't let your babies grow up to be … anything but long snappers or holders.
Of course, if that were the case, the world would no longer be in need of football special teams specialists like Kyle Crofoot and his four older brothers.
Football positions are just like anything else. It's supply vs. demand.
Need a running back? Not a problem, they're all over Florida. Got one right here in the hip pocket. A quarterback, you say? You want a runner or a thrower? Got pockets full of those, too. Even dual-threat guys.
Most positions are in plentiful supply, especially here in the Sunshine State. The national hotbed of football products.
Oh, you need a long-snapper? Hmm. Don't you have a center? Can't he do it?
It doesn't quite work that way for these specialists. Especially for good specialists. Demand is high, but unfortunately, the supply can't fill the pockets in a pair of cargoes.
Long-snapping, though, that's simple, right Mike Pouncey?
Yeah, that's why guys like First Academy senior Kyle Crofoot, the No. 3-ranked long-snapper in the nation by kohlskicking.com, has a selection of places where he can play college football next season.
He can actually thank Lou Holtz for that. Yep, that's right … Dr. Lou.
As legend has it, father Koy Crofoot was playing golf with the old Notre Dame coach one day and Holtz mentioned how he would always have a seat on the team bus for a good long snapper.
An expert was born. Crofoot started to hone in on the skills it took to be a good long snapper. And his five boys would each benefit from those skills.
The youngest is Kyle, and he quite possibly is the best. He visited Kansas last weekend. He loved it.
"It was a great place. I was very surprised," Crofoot said of the trip. "The coaches were great. The facilities were top of the line. I'm just not as familiar with it as I am with the other schools."
Cross off the Jayhawks. And that full-ride scholarship offer.
For sure, Kyle has plenty of experience with the other schools. The SEC stops where his brothers played. There was Chas (Auburn), Ike (South Carolina), Clayton (Auburn) and now Johnnie, who is headed into his senior year as the place-kicking holder at Florida.
"If I went to Florida I'd be snapping to my brother Johnnie, so that would be kinda cool," Kyle said.
UF also has another local long snapper in punt team trigger man Chris Guido, a redshirt freshman out of Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley. As Gator fans know, punts were not a problem, nor was the connection between All-American punter Chas Henry and Guido.
Crofoot could join Guido on the roster. He has taken his Auburn visit, and loved it, of course. He still needs to get up to South Carolina, but coaches this week will be off to their annual post-National Signing Day vacations.
At either of the three schools, Crofoot would be a walk-on. Kansas was the only scholarship offer he had.
"I don't think I'll be able to get up to South Carolina for a few weeks ," Crofoot said, "So I won't be making my decision until after that visit."
He's not concerned about an official trip to Gainesville. He's been there enough. Knows the coaches and knows the facilities.
Gator fans, however, would like to see him come to town in an official capacity. Officially the next long-snapper at the Swamp. Crofoot-to-Crofoot sounds pretty darn good to Gator fans.
Maybe that's a snap.
Chris Hays is the recruiting overage coordinator for the Orlando Sentinel and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun