When the invitation came, Ben Hoffman didn’t hesitate.
Hoffman had earned his spot as a long snapper at the Under Armour All-America Game with his performance at the Kohl’s Kicking Camp in Wisconsin in July.
After finishing first on Day 1 of the two-day camp, Hoffman from Farragut High in Knoxville, Tenn., fell in the rankings and had to compete for the final spot. The challenge: Snap the ball into a 2 foot by 2 foot target from 15 yards away.
Hoffman was perfect, and had secured his spot to the annual showcase in Florida.
“It was my goal just going into the camp,” Hofmann said after receiving his jersey during the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance. “I knew that if I won the camp, if I performed well that I would win the spot and I did. And I just accepted it on the spot, I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”
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Hoffman began long-snapping at age 7 when he lived in Vermont. His youth team needed a snapper, a few kids gave it a shot, but Hoffman won the competition. He’s been doing it ever since.
And now he’s the first All-American from his school
“It really hasn’t set in yet,” Hoffman said, laughing. “At least for me as a long snapper, it’s just one of those things just seeing the game on TV, you never think that you’ll be playing in such a big-time game like that. It’s just all surreal right now.”
“This is incredible,” he said. “I never thought I’d actually be here.”