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National Signing Day 2017: LS Adam Bay signs with Wisconsin

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The nation’s top long-snapping prospect flipped from Missouri to the Badgers.

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Class of 2017 LS Adam Bay

Position Height Weight High School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight High School 247Sports Composite Rank
LS 6-1 225 Desert Ridge (Ariz.) Two stars, No. 3 LS

Adam Bay is the recruit in this class who in all likelihood will see meaningful snaps first. He’s also the one name that fans will not want to hear on game day. Long snapper is a position of little notoriety—unless something goes wrong.

Bay fills a big need on the Wisconsin Badgers’ roster. With Connor Udelhoven exhausting his eligibility as a senior this past season, the Badgers were left without a long snapper.

Since Paul Chryst took the helm at Wisconsin, we’ve seen an emphasis placed on special teams, as offering scholarships to specialists is typically the exception to the rule. Having done so, the expectation undoubtably is for Bay, an Under Armour All-American, to step in and contribute right much like last year’s situation at punter (Anthony Lotti).

Rankings

247Sports (composite): Two stars; Grade 0.7838; No. 4 LS in nation; No. 36 player in Arizona

247Sports: Two stars; Grade: 74; No. 3 LS in nation ; No. 49 in Arizona

ESPN: Two stars; Grade: 69; No. 1 LS in Nation; No. 238 regional; No. 28 in Arizona

Kohl’s Kicking Camp: Five stars; No. 1 long snapper in nation

Rivals: Two stars; unranked

Scout: Two stars; unranked

Verbally committed on Oct. 30, 2016

Bay was Wisconsin's 14th commitment for 2017.

B5Q’s Jake Kocorowski wrote in his article about Bay committing:

Bay is rated a two-star prospect by 247, Rivals and Scout, but is a five-star long snapper, the best in the class of 2017, according to Kohl’s Kicking Camps.

Bay was originally committed to Missouri an held offers from Missouri, Memphis, New Mexico and Wyoming while garnering interest from other schools such as Alabama and Arkansas.

Honors

Under Armour All-American

USA Today All Arizona Football Team

Bio (courtesy of UWBadgers.com)

High School: Ranked nation’s No. 1 long snapper by Kohl’s … selected for 2017 Under Armour All-America Game … first-team all-state as a senior … second-team all-state as a sophomore and junior … three-time all-section selection … successfully completed all 440 snaps of high school career, including three varsity seasons … recorded 15 tackles and a sack as a sophomore … made 14 tackles and recovered 2 fumbles as a junior … had 9 tackles as a senior … four-year scholar-athlete award winner … also lettered in wrestling as a freshman … coach was Jeremy Hathcock