Cats making strong impression on Ohio TE

A decision could be looming for Westerville-South (Ohio) tight end Darryl Long, who recently visited UK. Read more about where the Wildcats stand in this KyScout update.

Darryl Long says his college decision could be approaching soon, and the Kentucky Wildcats have to feel good about their position.

"I feel real good about them right now," said Long, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end from Ohio's Westerville-South High School. "I've got a great relationship with coach (Vince) Marrow, my main recruiting coach at Kentucky, and they're going really hard after me.

"I was down there for a visit last week, and things went great. They made me feel like I was coming into a real family atmosphere, and with me being close to guys like (UK commitments) Dorian (Hendrix) and Thad (Snodgrass), there's a lot of things I like about them. Those guys are always in my ear about joining them down there."

Long, a three-star prospect rated the No. 27 tight end in the country by Scout, says he could possibly announce a decision at the end of the month. He had hinted in a previous FOX Sports Next update that it could come at the Superior Showcase Camp on April 27.

"I've got to sit down with my family and see if it's the right time to do it," Long said. "But, yes, I feel like I'm close."

Long is currently considering UK, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Indiana, North Carolina, Purdue and Illinois. He made unofficial visits to all but Purdue and North Carolina this spring.

Asked what some of the key factors will be in his final decision, Long said: "Who's going to really coach me, that guy I'm spending the most time with, and how I fit into the system. Also the major program, sports management, and how they treat academics. I'm very serious about that part, too, not just football."

Long said he likes how UK's Marrow has stressed both sides of the equation.

"We talk about football, of course, and how I could really fit into their offense with my versatility," Long said, "but we also talk a lot about how they'll stay on me hard to go to class and stay on track for my degree. I like that a lot. Like I said, they treat you like family, and seem very sincere and trustworthy."

Long also singled out Louisville's staff for making a strong impression. Many recruiting observers feel like the final decision could come down to a choice between the rival Cats and Cards.

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