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Staying in the game

 Kai Jarmon
Courtesy of UT Football
Los Altos High grad Kai Jarmon heads to the University of Texas at Austin football field for the last time as a player, above, on Senior Day Nov. 27.

Kai Jarmon’s playing career may be over, but the University of Texas at Austin senior isn’t leaving football behind. The next chapter in the Los Altos native’s life still revolves around the sport the receiver has loved since grade school.

Jarmon, on track to graduate this summer, is the co-founder of PreSnap, a new social-media app that gives football coaches a platform to share their knowledge of the game with colleagues and players around the world. Set to launch this month, PreSnap will enable head coaches and assistants at all levels to post videos of techniques, drills and schemes.

“Everyone I’ve talked to in the football community really likes the idea,” said Jarmon, who started working on it his sophomore year and has joined forces with Drew Mehringer (his former wide receivers coach) and Larkin Williams-Capone (his former teaching assistant) on the project. “A lot of coaches are really excited about it.”

That’s not only because they can earn money – content creators will get paid when an app user watches their video or even clicks on their profile – but it’s also a way coaches can showcase their skills to potential employers.

“It can be like a LinkedIn profile for coaches,” said Jarmon, who is working toward a degree in arts and entertainment technologies.

The app will be free for users, at least at first.

“We want to prove it works,” the Los Altos High graduate said. “Then we want to create a subscription model.”

Jarmon is confident PreSnap will prove beneficial to coaches and players alike. Players will have access to an array of coaches – from high school, college and perhaps even the pros – and learn things Jarmon said he wish he knew coming out of high school.

“If I knew some of these techniques, I would have been two to three times the player I am now,” he said.

From LA to UT

Jarmon arrived at Texas as a preferred walk-on in 2017, knowing it would take at least a few years for him to see any playing time at an NCAA Division I school that’s part of the vaunted Big 12 Conference.

Jarmon would have likely played sooner at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, another school that he said showed interest in him, but Texas was always the dream. Several of his family members attended the university, and Jarmon said he started wearing UT gear as a baby.

“It’s crazy to live out your childhood dream,” he said. “Freshman year it was cool to get to put on that uniform.”

Jarmon served as a scout team player for most of his college career, helping prepare the Longhorns’ defense for the next week’s opponent by mimicking that team’s offense in practice.

With several receivers unable to play in the 2019 spring scrimmage due to injury, Jarmon started for UT’s white team, which he called “really fun.”

Jarmon saw his first real action in his final game, playing a few snaps in the fourth quarter of Texas’ 55-23 rout of Colorado in the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl.

“The first snap was pretty surreal, but after that I’d say my instinct took over and I was just focused on the play call and what I needed to do,” he said. “It was definitely nice to end with a big win and bittersweet to put on shoulder pads for the last time.”

For more information on PreSnap, visit presnapp.com.

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