Wheaton Warrenville South long snapper Greg Hohenstein is well-aware of that fact, but he knows it's all worth it.
"You go into long snapping knowing you're not going to get a full ride right away—you have to earn it," Hohenstein said. "It's hard work, but in my opinion, it's worth it."
Things may be different for Greg Hohenstein—the 14th-ranked long snapper in the Chris Rubio Long Snapping program. Hohenstein has been in contact with Northwestern—most recently visited by Matt MacPherson—and is planning on attending a camp in Evanston. If all goes well, he may be in line for a scholarship offer.
Hohenstein visited Evanston during the spring, and took in a spring practice. He's growing very familiar with the NU program, and has a positive feeling about Northwestern.
"Northwestern would be a great school to go to," Hohenstein said. "I really like the football atmosphere and the team. Plus, with going there for football, I'd be able to get a really good education. Also, they've been to a couple bowl games. That would be a really good experience as well."
Hohenstein has been working with long snapping coach Chris Rubio to improve his snapping, and things he's already noticing an improvement. In addition, he's tacked on five pounds of muscle over the past few months.
As things continue on, and his big chance at camp approaches, Hohenstein is working his hardest to get better.
"My hopes are I really want to be in my best form going into the summer," Hohenstein said. "I've been working a lot. I snap every day—just working on the little things (Chris) Rubio has taught me in his camps. I've already noticed the little things. Also, just getting ready for football by getting my weight, size, and speed up. Hopefully by then, I'll be the best I can be."
As a junior, Hohenstein was a part of a Wheaton Warrenville South team that finished with a 14-0 overall record and an Illinois 7A state title.