The 4-star cornerback from Loyola High School in Los Angeles said Arizona State was the first school to offer him a scholarship. He said it adds to his interest level.
“They were the first to see me as the athlete that people think of me now,” Long said. “They were in contact then and they’re still in contact now.”Long said he is being recruiting by wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander. At 6-foot-0 and 175 pounds, Long is rated the No. 4 cornerback in the West and No. 3 in the state of California.
Long said Alexander told him if he were to come to Arizona State, he might play on defense or at receiver on offense. Long said he does not have preference where he plays as long as he is making an impact on the team.
Long said he has an interesting list of schools recruiting him and each school offers something unique.
He said ASU offers a strong football program. He said he also likes how Tempe is not too far away from home.
But, Long said he is really intrigued by the way he’s seen ASU players compete.
“A lot of the schools in the Pac-12 have a gimmick or something that makes them unique and I just think that a lot of guys that go to Arizona State are just ball players,” Long said. “Whether it be Jaelen Strong or any other guy that’s just came out of there I think they’re just really competitive players and they just play football.”
Long said he believes he has the makeup to fit in the ASU scheme and become one of the Sun Devil ball players.
Long said at this point he does not have any plans to take an unofficial visit to ASU or any other college he is interested in.
He said with track season he does not have the time to make any visits and he has not mapped any visits this summer.
“It’s definitely one of the schools that if I were to take some unofficials during the (recruiting season) that’d be one of the schools because it’s definitely a little bit closer,” Long said.
Long said he took part in the Nike Opening regionals in Los Angeles on March 8 and said he also wants to compete at the regionals in Oakland on May 17 and in Eugene, Ore. on June 14.
At this point, Long said he does not plan on attending any junior days. He said he has some interest in taking part in college satellite camps if they were near him. But, he has not fully committed to any camps.
As for Long’s future recruiting plan, that is also in the air. He said he has no set dates in mind when he would narrow his list down or make his commitment.
He said the earliest he would probably narrow down his choices would be around the end of summer before the high school football season starts.