Tigers in Top 4 For NC Receiver

Southport standout Scott Long has seen the interest level increase from the college recruiters over the past few weeks. Who are the early favorites for the talented prospect? What schools does he plan to visit over the next few weeks? Find out the latest in this recruiting update.

WR Scott Long
6-3, 195, 4.33
South Brunswick High School
Southport, North Carolina

"Clemson, Carolina, State, Louisville, Virginia, Boston College, Ole Miss, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Marshall and Duke are all showing interest," Long told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

"State, Carolina, Louisville and Clemson are probably recruiting the hardest right now," stated Long. Louisville is the only school to offer at this time.

When asked who the early favorites are, Long responded, " Clemson is definitely a favorite. State is up there pretty high. I also really like Auburn and Carolina. I guess they would be my favorites."

The 6-3, 195 pound injured his knee during his junior season so he is looking forward to the opportunity to impress some coaches during his summer camp tour.

"I only played 2 games last year because I tore my ACL and had to have surgery. It is doing really good. Actually today is 5 months out of surgery. I've been getting out with the coach and QB of our team for about a month now to practice. I've been running, doing cuts and catching the ball."

Long believes he has the physical and mental skills to exceed at the collegiate level. "I have a lot of speed. I run good routes and I have good hands. I always try to get a mental step above the guy that's guarding me. I always try to know what they are thinking and do the opposite."

The speedster, who runs a 4.33 forty, plans to work hard during his senior season to lead South Brunswick. "I am just going to work hard. Our team has kind of been struggling my entire high school career. We haven't been a winning program for as long as I can remember. I want to try to get the team together and hope to make the playoffs. My main focus is to be a great senior leader."

Long traveled to Clemson earlier this month to attend Junior Day and he came away very impressed with the Tigers. "I loved it. They treated us real good down there. Like I said they are on the top of my list right now. I got to see their players and then to see how they workout. I got to eat with the coaches. Coach O'cain was real up front with me about how they would handle my knee. He said they would get me down to camp this summer to make a one day showcase. He wants to make sure I am progressing with my injury. I was just real impressed with how up front and friendly the coaches were. They are all about football down there."

Long also attended Junior Day at North Carolina State earlier this month and took in practice at North Carolina. "I will be going to State this weekend to see the red and white scrimmage. I have an invite from Auburn but it will be a little hard to make that trip. I also have an invite to attend the orange and white game at Clemson on April 10. I may make that trip."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding receiver from North Carolina, right up through signing day 2005.

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