Since Brad Lind started playing football when he was in fifth grade, he always has been a bigger player. Naturally, coaches placed him in the center of the offensive line.

Since Brad Lind started playing football when he was in fifth grade, he always has been a bigger player. Naturally, coaches placed him in the center of the offensive line.

"They needed someone bigger in the middle and I was their guy," said Lind, a graduate of Columbus Academy.

Through middle school and high school, Lind played offensive and defensive line. But on May 16, he signed a letter of intent to continue his career at Elon not as a lineman, but as a long-snapper.

"I sent out close to 50 films to schools all over the country," Lind said. "A couple called back, but Elon showed the most interest. I went down there and saw it as a great fit. It's about 5,500 students, Division I-AA in the Southern Conference and real good football."

Lind's transition to top-notch long-snapper began in October of his sophomore year. He came across a brochure on Chris Sailer Kicking camps held in cities throughout the country focusing on kicking, punting and long-snapping. Intrigued, Lind traveled to Chicago to meet the camp's long-snapping instructor, Chris Rubio, later that year.

"They told me I had a lot of potential," Lind said. "After I worked out with them, I started seeing progress and realized this is something I should stick with."

Last summer, Lind attended a combine in Las Vegas and was named as one of the top 12 high school seniors in the country for long-snapping by By attending the camps, Lind has been to Las Vegas twice, California three times and cities such as Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

Now, Lind will make his home in Elon, N.C. He is one of many former kickers, punters and long-snappers from Chris Sailer Kicking to receive a scholarship.

When the camp started in 2003, Rubio had five long-snappers join a college team. In Lind's class, he is one of 34 long-snappers joining programs in the fall.

"Brad is a very intelligent kid and he's a type of kid if I tell him something once he does it," said Rubio, who was a long-snapper at UCLA before graduating in 1998. "He listens very well. When you speak to him, he's really listening and you can tell he really wants to be there and get better."

At 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, Lind is not the ideal size of a long-snapper, according to Rubio.

"If I was building a prototype long-snapper he'd be about 6-4 or 6-5, 230 to 240 pounds," Rubio said. "Are there some build like that? Yes. Is that the average? No."

In the class of 2008, Lind received four and one-half stars out of five according to

"Brad's confidence is improving and so is his snapping," Rubio wrote on Lind's profile page. "The ball has good zip on it and his consistency is very solid. Once the blocking is solidified, Brad is ready."

Lind will join former Academy teammate Andy Leffler at Elon. Leffler was redshirted last season as a freshman. He was recruited as a kicker after excelling at Academy.

"My junior year, I was our long-snapper and snapped to him," Lind said. "Hopefully, I'll snap to him for four more years at Elon."

Last season, Elon finished ranked 23rd at 7-4 overall and tied for third in the Southern Conference at 4-3 with Georgia Southern, the Citadel and Furman behind Appalachian State and Wofford at 5-2.

On May 26, the consolidated FCS preseason rankings were released by College Sporting News and Elon was tied for 13th with South Dakota State as Appalachian State, which won the last three national titles, was first.