Oklahoma football: How Wesley Horky landed a rare scholarship offer for a long snapper

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound long snapper signed after visiting Norman, completing a journey that began when Horky became his pee-wee team’s snapper by default many years ago.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 29, 2014
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Long snapper Wesley Horky accompanied his punter to a private lesson two years ago with 17-year NFL veteran Craig Hentrich.

Hentrich’s eyes nearly popped out of his head after the first snap that day.

“He was already as good as any snapper who ever snapped to me,” said Hentrich, who played four years at Notre Dame before an NFL career that included a Super Bowl victory with the Green Bay Packers.

“It was amazing for a high school sophomore who never had a formal lesson of any kind.”

Horky, from Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., was planning to walk on at Tennessee before Oklahoma called with a scholarship offer last month.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound long snapper signed after visiting Norman, completing a journey that began when Horky became his pee-wee team’s snapper by default many years ago.

Horky was too big as a fifth grader to play any skill positions, so he was the team’s center and then, naturally, took over the long snapping duties.

“The other coach and myself just kinda showed him how to get the ball back, and it turned out he was good at it,” said Brad Horky, Wesley’s dad.

When he got to high school, Horky attended several Kohl’s specialist camps around the region and began to gain notoriety as one of the recruiting class of 2014’s best long snappers.

The Ravenwood High team wasn’t very good Horky’s sophomore and junior seasons — it finished 2-8 and 3-7, respectively, those years — but that actually worked to Horky’s advantage.

“He’d get anywhere from seven to nine snaps a game, just on punts because we weren’t scoring touchdowns,” Brad Horky said. “We’d go to these camps, and some guys would come from undefeated programs but only have five to 10 snaps all year.

“Wes was doing that in a game.”

Horky started at tight end his junior year, then started both there and at defensive end his senior season, but knew his future was as a long snapper.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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