LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Growing up on the West Coast, senior cornerback David Long watched USC’s dominant run to start the millennium, UCLA’s return to prominence and Chip Kelly’s explosive term at Oregon first hand. These schools all made strong pitches and highly pursued Long throughout his recruitment, but the 6’, 175-pound corner will blaze his own path at Stanford.
On Thursday, Long announced that he would be committing to Stanford before the start of his senior season at Loyola High School. Long spoke with 247Sports shortly after to discuss his decision.
“First off it’s a dream school of mine,” Long told 247Sports.com. “Coming into high school Stanford is the school I always wanted to go to. That’s why I chose to go to Loyola High School, too, because it would prepare me for a school like Stanford. I know I’ll get a great education there and I really like Stanford’s coaches, too. I love how Stanford plays hard-nosed football.”
Stanford’s brand of hard-nosed football was in part defined by the rehab job that Jim Harbaugh executed on the program in the past 10 years. Long says it is a current Cardinal staffer that helped influence his decision with a strong track record of developing cornerbacks.
“On my visit I like how coach Akina broke down the film and showed me players he’s coaches from 1984 to the present that he’s help develop,” said Long. I’m in the early stages of playing cornerback so I need someone to help develop and build me. It felt right at Stanford. All of the other schools that I visited and offered could’ve been right, too, but once Stanford offered in the spring I knew it would be crazy not to go there. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
During the spring, Long competed at The Opening’s Oakland Regional in hopes of earning an invitation to the premiere Nike camp held in Oregon later in July. Not only did Long earn an invite, the athletic corner also won the defensive back MVP award. At The Opening, Long was clocked at a 4.40 second 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical leap to boot, both outstanding marks for an incoming senior.
Long says that Stanford is getting an athlete that is focused both athletically and in the classroom as well as he sports a 4.0 GPA.
“Stanford is getting a good player who is good academically as well,” said Long. “I try not to do everything but what I’m asked to do that helps the team.”
Long said that Washington finished second in his recruitment. Today’s U caught up with Long back in June to receive an update on his recruitment, and Long spoke highly of the Huskies.
“Washington I really like as well,” said Long. “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.”
According to 247Sports.com, Long is rated as the No. 7 cornerback overall in the 2016 class and the No. 10 athlete in the state of California (No. 70 nationally). With Long in the fold, Stanford now sports 13 commits in its class for this cycle, which puts the Cardinal No. 2 in the PAC-12 and No. 12 nationally.
Click here to watch Long’s junior highlight tape.