LOS ANGELES, Calif. – David Long, a four-star cornerback in the 2016 class, has a bevy of options heading into his senior season. At 6’, 175-pounds, Long is ranked as the No. 6 corner in the country and holds 23 offers to his name.
At this point, Long is working hard on delivering a successful senior campaign for Loyola High School.
“I think my spring went well,” Long said. “I picked up a few big time offers and I’ve been competing well during the offseason, so I’m just trying to get ready for my senior season with the team.”
Last month, Long participated in Nike’s The Opening Regional camp held in Oakland, California, and the talented athlete impressed among a deep field of corners. Long was awarded the defensive back MVP award and was invited to The Opening as a result of his play.
Although Long is lighting up the camp circuit at corner, it is not the position he has always played, which only adds to the impressive nature of his accolades.
“What I’ve been working on is just everything technical at defensive back,” Long said. “I’m really new to the position, so just trying to brush up and make sure that my technique gets up to par so when I get up to these camps, I can really work it.
“I think, the majority of my struggles [at cornerback] came during the season. A lot of people couldn’t tell, but during the week of practice I was really focusing on taking steps, replacing and just learning the receivers and playing the game. Now when I get on the seven-on-seven circuit, I’m really used to it and used to stepping and everything. It’s just a fluid motion now.”
Also fluid is Long’s recruiting process as new schools have continued to enter the fray for the four-star prospect.
“Some of the big time offers, it started off with Michigan and Oregon,” Long said. “I got that. Then Notre Dame, USC and Stanford. Those are just some schools I’ve been really interested in since throughout my recruitment, so that’s big.”
With those high-profile offers under his belt, Long says he consistently hears from a group of schools that are competing to earn his commitment.
“I have been in close contact with Michigan and Oregon,” Long said. “USC has been really on me hard since they offered. Stanford has been in the mix. Washington is still there. They came my sophomore year and they’ve been recruiting me since then. Other schools like Duke, Oregon State, Nebraska and even Michigan State is starting to come in the mix pretty late in the process.”
One offer that Long highly covets is from the Michigan Wolverines. The maize and blue offered Long on January 27 and UM is sitting in good position at this stage in his recruitment.
“Michigan is just, for one Michigan has always been a big time schools for me,” Long said. “The fact that [Jim] Harbaugh came here just added points to what they have to bring. They have a lot of experience on their staff. They’ve got some NFL guys. It’s a chance to play in a big time league and show what you can do.”
Long has also been eyeing one West coast program for quite some time, and this school caught his attention thanks to the connections formed with the coaching staff.
“Another school would be Oregon,” Long said. “I just love the way they operate. The way they run the system an the coaches, coach [John] Neal, coach [Mark] Helfrich and coach [Matt] Lubick. They are really great guys and I can really see myself in the system. They also do a really good job of developing their guys.”
Joining Oregon in Long’s group of highly favored schools is one of the Ducks’ Pac-12 foes—Washington.
“Washington I really like as well,” Long said. “I like the system. That’s the only visit I took after the season. I went there and they had internships there during the summer. The team, I think I would fit in there as well. Coach Peterson, those are all just great guys as well.”
Long then went on to explain why the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be in the mix despite waiting so long to offer.
“Notre Dame, that’s a really new offer for me,” Long said. “They’ve been recruiting me since my sophomore year, but pretty much with the same thing as Michigan. It’s a great academic school, which is similar to Loyola. There is also a lot of experience on the staff and it’s another opportunity to play big time ball.”
Now that the summer has begun and the start of his senior season is quickly approaching, Long is about to narrow the focus on his recruitment.
“I was actually going to drop my official top ten this week, but I’m going to study for finals and finish school,” Long said. “I will be dropping my 10 schools next week, then I will go with official visits from there. As of now I plan on taking all five of my official visits, but if I commit before fall I assume the school wouldn’t want me to take any official visits, but I will see how that goes when I get there.”
“I don’t want to wait until Signing Day. I don’t want to play games with any coaches. I am going to let everyone know when I feel comfortable where I’m at, I just want to commit and really focus on building the class at that school.”