The Long Wait Continues

With National Letter of Intent getting smaller in the rearview mirror, one Alpine, Utah defensive back is still hoping for a scholarship to open up on the cougar roster. In the meantime the young athlete is working to be physically ready should the call come.

There was a rumor recently that Lone Peak High School star Jason Long had received a last second scholarship offer from Bronco Mendenhall. Total Blue Sports called him to find out that, like many rumors, it was false.

"That's not true," Long said. "I haven't received a scholarship from BYU. They looked at my film and liked what they saw, but said I need to be a little faster."

The 6'1 200 lb. safety took that comment to heart and is now working with a personal trainer to increase his speed.

"I'm working with former BYU Cougar James Dye," Long said. "He is working hard with me, doing different agility drills. It's definitely helped out a lot."

Long did say that Dye still has his speed from the old days and if they got in a race Dye would win.

Long was named first team All-State and first team All-Region as a saftey, and has had a lot of interest in other schools, but has not shown interest back because he is a die hard BYU fan.

"I'm a big BYU fan," Long said. "Utah State and other schools have shown interest but I didn't show interest back because BYU is at the top of my list. I'm going to work out with the team this summer doing 7 on 7's and hopefully they will offer me a scholarship. If not, I will go on my mission in September and when I come back hopefully they will have a scholarship."

Long said he would consider going the JC route and playing at Snow College, but is hopeful BYU will come up with a scholarship. If not, he said he does not really want to walk-on and would probably accept scholarships at Southern Utah University or Weber State University.

TBS also got Long's thoughts on the state championship game when his team faced off against Timpview.

"Timpview definitely has four legit D-1 players," Long said. "They have all earned the opportunity to play at BYU. I think the star of the group is Harvey Unga; he is a dream running back. He has everything from speed to power. The other players are really good too."

Long was matched up against future cougar Luke Ashworth, in the title game, and said after the first quarter he didn't allow Ashworth another catch.

Jackson Emery, who is a current BYU basketball commitment, plays at the same school as Long.

"Emery is a great player," Long said. "He is an unselfish player and has great hops. He is also a great person; awesome guy to be around. I expect him to compete for playing time next year."

BYU football, has started their annual spring practice, and Long has been out to watch them recently.

"I am very impressed with the team," Long said. "Coach Mendenhall has gained the respect of everybody on the team. He has brought in guys that bought into his philosophy. He practices are very intense, and he is definitely the kind of coach I want to play for."

But for now Long will continue to work hard, and hope that a spot opens up for him on the team now, or in the future.


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