Austin's at UGA, it's Hunter's turn

Austin Long was an Army All-American a year ago and he signed with the University of Georgia. Now it is Hunter Long's turn to go through the recruiting process and things have gotten going early for him.

"I went to Memphis for their senior camp and Coach Helton came and got me while I was signing in," said Hunter Long. "Tommy West was not there because his did was having surgery, so Coach Helton took me to his offer and told me that I would have an offer from them when September 1 gets here."

"He talked to me about how they would love to have me there, how I have a full scholarship offer from Memphis, and things like that. It was my first offer and I was really surprised by that. It felt good."

Long sat on that lone offer for a few weeks and offer number came on Wednesday. Another in-state school let the 6-foot-4, 290 pound junior know that he had an offer.

"Tennessee sent my coach (Major Wright) a letter and he read it to me. It said for me to expect an offer from Tennessee when September 1 comes. I was in the middle of morning weight training when Coach Wright came in there and read the letter to me. I was surprised by that offer too."

Georgia, Oregon, and UCLA are three more schools showing interest in the Memphis, Tn. native. Older brother Austin Long is down at Georgia going through summer workouts as a freshman and Hunter joined him down there on June 13 for the Mark Richt Camp.

This was year number two for Long in Athens for camp and he thinks he performed well.

"I think I was a lot stronger, quicker, and just better this year than I was at Georgia last year," said Long. "I think I showed a lot better feet than I did last year and I think I did ok. I could have done better, but I did pretty good."

Many may think because the older brother is a Bulldog than the younger Long will follow is UGA pursues, but that is not the case. Long is listening to Austin, but he will make his own decision.

"I still talk to Austin like every day and it would be cool to play with him again, but he is not going to be why I choose a college. I love it down at Georgia and it is a great school, but I am just listening to his advice, and taking everything in right now. I am not going to choose Georgia just because he is there. I want to find the right school for me."

Hunter was able to sit back and sometimes tag along last year while Austin was going through this same procedure. The younger Long knows the older one has some good advice to offer.

"He is really helping me out a lot with this. He talks to me about how to handle it, what to look for, how this decision is going to have a big impact on my life, and things like that. I know he knows a lot about this, so he is really being helpful."

Long is nowhere close to choosing a school and he said he was wide open to everyone right now. He is just happy he has a couple of verbal offers and he is looking forward to going through the process like his brother did not too long ago.

"I have been looking forward to this ever since Austin first started getting recruited and I couldn't wait for it to start. I just want to earn some more offers, find the school for me, and have fun with it."

The Briarcrest Christian offensive lineman will be a guard or center on the next level and he plans to camp at Ole Miss next week.


Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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