2014 Ohio TE talks early favorites

Darryl Long, a talented 2014 tight end prospect from Westerville, OH, attended Charlie Strong's camp this month. The 6-5, 220 LBS Long told InsideTheVille.com about his experience and why the Cardinals are one of his early favorites.

Darryl Long is one of the latest 2014 prospects to jump on the Cardinals radar after participating in Charlie Strong's camp last week.

Long, a 6-5, 220 pound DE/TE from Westerville, Ohio, has a great amount of athletic ability. So much athletic ability, that he will be switching from defense to offense this season with hopes of playing tight end at the next level.

"I liked it a lot. I came from a different camp before, so I thought I was going to be tired...I thought I preformed real well," said Long, who attended camps at Michigan and Michigan State before attending Louisville's.

Long's recruiting coach is Louisville defensive back coach Tommy Restivo. Long credited Restivo in being a key component in making Louisville a top choice.

"I liked the tight end coach [Sherrone Moore] a lot...He's a real cool guy," said Long, "He ran all the football sessions while I was there, I just had a lot of fun."

Long said that he had an opportunity to check out the facilities around the campus, and wasn't disappointed.

"I actually liked it a lot, It seemed like it was really new (facilities), " Long said. "It was a really nice place and the weight room looked really strong."

Long said that his top choices right now are Illinois, Michigan, Louisville, and Ohio University. Long received a soft-verbal offer from Ohio after recently attending their camp.

"Whoever offers me, I want to make sure they have good academics and all that...and that it's not too far," Long said.

Long said his focus right now is to improve as a player.

"I mean I get a lot of mail, but right now my focus is just to get better everyday, " said Long. "I want to try to worry about that stuff later on."

When asked about the switch to tight end, Long said that the position is not unfamiliar territory.

"Ever since I played football, I was a receiver," Long said. "My sophomore year came and I wanted to play varsity, I played defensive end just to get on the field...Now I'm switching back to tight end."

Long stated that he wants to play tight end at the next level.

"My goals (for the upcoming season) are to play hard and execute everything my coach tells me," Long said, "I just want to keep my composure, play hard every play and do what the coach tells me to do."

Long will attend one more camp in Dallas on July 8th before preparing for his junior season.

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