Long snappers are often overlooked when football fans survey the field for positions of vital importance, but don't expect Aaron Golub to go unnoticed when he arrives at Tulane University later this year.
The incoming freshman was an impressive two-year starter at Newton South High School, located in a western suburb of Boston. He's also legally blind.
Golub has no vision in his right eye and has only limited sight out of his left eye.
"Close one eye and then make a fist with a hole the size of a dime and put the opening to your eye...that is Aaron’s continuous view," his snapping instructor, Chris Rubio, wrote on his blog in March.
Despite facing an obstacle that would steer so many others away from the game, Golub embraced his opportunity to compete.
"I just love the sport, always have," Golub told CBS Boston reporter Paul Burton earlier this month. "If you set your mind to it you can do it. There’s nothing you can’t accomplish if you really want to do it."
He started long snapping during the summer of 2012, months shy of his junior year. Like any athlete fighting toward a goal, practice was vital to overcoming rough patches.
"The first camp for Aaron was not the finest showing I have ever seen from a first-timer," Rubio wrote. "Okay, I am being nice...he was bad, real bad."
Golub remained relentless in his efforts to prove he could succeed in the sport. The tenacity paid off.
He earned the starting long snapper position that fall with the Newton South Lions and refused to relinquish that role through the final snap of his senior season.
"Aaron never got frustrated and never gave up," Rubio said. "He shot me text after text, clip after clip, asking which stance looked better, how his form was coming along, what else did he need to work on."
As a result, he became more than just a "normal" high school player. Despite stacked odds against him, Golub landed on the national radar as a collegiate prospect.
He was ranked 12th in America among long snappers in 247Sports' 2014 composite rankings. Perhaps more impressively, the ranking placed him at No. 19 among all senior college recruits in Massachusetts.
Golub remarkably played the role that so many high school football players dream about—a sought-after Division I prospect. He made an unofficial visit to Penn State in November, weighed the options and eventually reached a decision.
His journey will continue in New Orleans when he joins the Green Wave as a preferred walk-on. Suddenly, the narrative surrounding Aaron Golub has changed.
He's no longer simply the kid who persevered for a chance to play with his peers at Newton South.
Golub is on the roster of an FBS program that competed in a bowl game last season and regularly produces NFL players.
"Aaron is a tremendous young man who has not let adversity overcome his desire to fulfill his dreams of playing college football," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson told CollegeFootballTalk.com.
Being a long snapper never seemed so cool.