Everyone, and I mean everyone, knows that special teams are important in the Big Ten Conference.
After receiving a verbal pledge from three-star Oakwood (West Hall), Ga., punter Anthony Lotti in July, Encinitas (La Costa Canyon), Calif., wide receiver and long snapper Jacob Cesear committed to Wisconsin on Monday, giving the Badgers their second special teams verbal pledge in the class of 2016.
Cesear plays wide receiver and long snapper for La Costa Canyon, and at 6'4, he could be an enticing red zone target in the future as well as the man who fires perfect snaps on sophomore kicker Rafael Gaglianone's 50-yard field goals.
According to Flood, Cesear received a full scholarship offer in the mail Monday and spoke with Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst Monday night, after only garnering a preferred walk-on slot during the Badgers summer camp. He is currently unrated by the major recruiting services.
@brobcubs click on the link & you'll see videos of him snapping and moving. EASILY one of the best athletes EVER out of Rubio Long Snapping— Rubio Long Snapping® (@TheChrisRubio) August 11, 2015
Now, I don't know much about anything, but I do know that the guy Cesear is snapping to in this video barely has to move his hands to receive the snap -- and that's gotta be good.
Cesear hadn't received any other offers, but Penn State, Texas and San Diego State appeared to sniff around. In an interview with Flood after committing Monday, Cesear mentioned multiple times how Wisconsin -- who with the California native, now have 17 known verbal commits for the class of 2016 -- was his "number one" choice and he was "star struck."
"The facilities and area is amazing," he said. "Madison is a beautiful place. It's such a nice place to be. Camp Randall is amazing. It's all just really nice.
"They were my number one," he continued. "They're fifth in the nation in physical therapy and that's what I want to major in.
"I'm still starstruck. Wisconsin was my number one. That's where I wanted to go and the fact I got a full ride, it's a dream come true."
The Badgers are winning the special teams arms (legs?) race, and the rest of the Big Ten can only hope for second place.