Long snapper John Shannon commits to Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

A Notre Dame offer came John Shannon's way, and he couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Shannon, a junior long snapper at Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy, gave the Irish his verbal commitment Saturday during his unofficial visit. He received a scholarship offer while on campus.

"Just committed to play at ND on a full ride!" Shannon said in a message to the Tribune.

He joins offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer as the only 2016 recruits committed to Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Shannon would be Notre Dame's first scholarship long snapper since Scott Daly joined the Irish in 2012.

Neither Rivals nor 247Sports have ranked Shannon as a prospect. Chris Rubio of Rubio Long Snapping ranks Shannon as the top player at the position in 2016.

"He snaps the ball probably in the top five of kids I've ever seen in terms of speed," Rubio said Saturday. "You want the ball at about .75 (seconds) at 15 yards and his can easily be in the low .6s maybe even high .5s. He rips the ball back to the punter."

Notre Dame commit John Shannon earned a spot in the Army All-American Bowl as a long snapper. (Photo courtesy of Rubio Long Snapping)