OL Longo excited about FSU Offer

Rick Trickett looks for offensive linemen who are smart, in-shape, physical and aggressive. One lineman that has caught the interest from Florida State's offensive line coach is Sam Longo from Bellbrook High in Bellbrook, OH. NoleDigest caught up with Sam to get his thoughts on Florida State and to see where he is at with his recruitment at this time.

Sam Longo is one of the top linemen in Ohio for the 2009 recruiting class. Longo is described by Scout.com as a devastating blocker who uses his long arms and strength to toss the opposition aside like dish towels. Solid is pass pro, Longo needs to shorten his base at times as he has a tendency to play too wide. He has very good feet and moves well in space, and has outstanding knee bend and seems very athletic for a lineman. All of those traits fit what Trickett looks for in his players, thus the Florida State coaches hope they can land an Ohio lineman for the second year in a row. When asked about the offer from FSU, Sam said it made him excited.

"When I got offered by Florida State I was very excited. I sent them a questionnaire a while ago and sent them my film, but I am shocked they offered me. I am definitely interested in them. They are a big-time school and Coach Trickett seems like a nice guy from the conversations I have had with him. He was telling me about the school and how he coaches. I've heard he is a tough one, and Dave Burke from Cincinnati told me is a tough son-of-a-gun. I like that though because you need someone that is tough. He is proven in that he has put a lot of people in the NFL."

The offer from FSU puts Longo at 12 offers, and he told NoleDigest that several schools are in the process of recruiting him at this time.

"I am up to 12 offers now from FSU, Stanford, Louisville, Wake Forest, Purdue, N.C. State and 5 MAC schools. I get mail from Boston College and Connecticut, and Michigan State is talking to me about visiting and offering. I also went to Notre Dame for their spring game, but they haven't offered me. They told me they want me to come to their camp to see how I perform."

Attending summer camps is something that Longo intends on doing because he would like to get his list trimmed down to a final 5 sometime in the early summer. He says that he intends on going to 5 camps, and based off those experiences he will make a decision before his senior season begins.

"I plan on going to camps to see how I work with the coaches. Right now I am open to everyone so I don't have any idea who I will camp with. At this time I am open to everyone who offers me. I am planning on making my decision before the season starts, so I plan on getting my list down to a final 5 before the end of May. From there I will go to those schools camps and make the decision after that."

Right now Sam is focused on track, so the visits are going to have to wait until the summer.

"Right now I have track going on, so that is another reason why I will be waiting for these camps to visit some schools. I may check some out before camps, but I won't be doing anything until the summer. I do the shot put and discus and I think I am doing alright with it. I'd like to do it in college, but I am not sure I'll have the time because football will take up so much time."

Sam is projected as a tackle on the next level, and that is where Sam hinted about wanting to play. He says the majority of the schools are looking at him as a tackle, and he says with his work ethic he'll be able to succeed.

"My work ethic off and on the field is what makes me stand out I think. I play hard and I come off the line and finish my blocks well. I am able to different things at right and left tackle. It changes from school to school, so some are looking at me as a tackle while some have even said I can play center."

While the Seminoles have just entered the picture for Sam Longo, it looks as though they will be a school he'll consider before it is all said and done. It all depends on coach Trickett's ability to build a relationship with Longo, and if he does the Seminoles may be in the picture until the end. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Sam and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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