Jace Eastlick is a 6’2″, 212 pound, class of 2024 long snapper and tackle for the Coeur d’Alene High School Vikings in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Jace is one of the top long snappers in the country, ranking 7th on Chris Rubio’s 2023 top long snapper rankings. If you know anything about long snapping, you’d know that Chris Rubio is considered by many to be the best developer and scout for long snappers in the country. Because he plays such a niche position, and because every college program in the country has a need for at least one long snapper on the roster, Jace has been heavily recruited. He took unofficial visits to the University of Washington, Washington State, University of Idaho, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, and University of Utah. He ultimately received offers from the first three listed and decided to commit to the Huskies over the Cougars and Vandals. Off the field, Jace has a 3.7 GPA.
I recently had the chance to interview Jace:
Have you always played your current position, or did you play a different position growing up?
“I also played Defensive End, H-Back, and Tight End.
What sets you apart from everyone else on the field?
“I believe my understanding of special teams and knowing the importance of special teams to overall team success are areas that set me apart.”
What is your favorite accomplishment so far in your football career?
“Being ranked the number 7 long snapper in the country by Rubio Long Snapping.”
What is your favorite memory of playing football so far?
“Spending time and playing with my friends.”
How do you balance athletics and academics?
“I try to always put academics first. When I forget, my parents are there to remind me.”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced on the field?
“Long snapping requires an exceptional level of precision. Snapping the ball with the right velocity and accuracy is crucial to ensure that the punter or holder can handle it properly. A small mistake in the snap can lead to a botched play, which can significantly impact the outcome of a game. As such, the mental aspect is the biggest challenge each time I am on the field.
Is there a certain player you try to model your game after?
Chris Rubio of Rubio Long Snapping is the most knowledgeable individual in the world of Long Snapping. There is no way I would be the player that I am today or have the opportunities that football has provided without his knowledge and instruction.”
How do you stay physically fit outside of football?
“I participate in Track, I workout 5-6 days per week, and I try to tailor my diet to maximize my athletic pursuits.”
What are you hoping to achieve this season?
“To assist my team in making it to the state championship.”
What is your end goal for your football career?
“I would like to incorporate my experiences in football into whatever career path I choose. For instance, I have been using a mental performance coach and I am considering sports psychology as a possible area of study and career.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“Perseverance. Football is both physically and psychologically challenging. Taking care of yourself mentally is equally, if not more, important as physical preparation.”
How do you prepare for big games?
“I have a very specific warmup and mental routine that I go through prior to each game.”
Lastly, who is the biggest role model in your life?
” First, my parents. They have dedicated countless hours to support my endeavors. Their unwavering belief in me and their consistent support in every situation have been invaluable. They not only taught me to believe in myself but also played a pivotal role in shaping me into the person I am today. I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without their unwavering support and guidance.
Second, Joe Dyer. Joe played a pivotal role in my journey to become a long snapper. He dedicated
extensive hours to help me with training, and his unwavering support has been invaluable. Joe is not
only a dedicated coach but also a constant source of encouragement, always ready to provide advice
whenever I need it.”