It makes it a little earlier when one of the top coaches in the SEC offers you before anyone else.
"I got offered by Alabama today," said Long. "All my friends like Alabama, and I love them. It was a wake up call. Nick Saban called my coach today and offered me through my coach. I went to their junior day a few weeks ago."
Long is still getting used to the spotlight of recruiting. He said he never thought he would get this sort of attention for playing football.
"I used to dream about playing college football, and now I see that it's possible. The offer from Alabama is humbling," Long said.
But that likely will not be the last offer Long gets this season. In fact, he's headed to Georgia this weekend to take in the Bulldogs' junior day. The almost eight-hour drive will be the sacrifice made in order to take in Georgia.
"I am going to Georgia Saturday," he said. "My dad talked with coach Searles and they may offer Saturday. If they don't offer Saturday then I think in the near future. I have never been to Athens, but I can't wait to go. I met Coach Richt at an FCA function this summer."
The Bulldogs, like the Tide, have been interested in Long for a while.
"Georgia called and visited me at school," Long said. "They have showed a lot of interest in me. I want to meet the players on the visit and see what that's like. I am not sure what to expect from Georgia. If I am not offered, I would still be interested."
Still early in the recruiting process, Long has followed SEC football his entire life.
"I grew up watching the SEC. I was a big Florida fan, but since I went to the Alabama games this fall – I went to three – and I really liked that atmosphere. I would love to hear from Florida, too," he said.
Long seems poised to live out his dream of not only playing college football, but big-time college football.
"I really didn't know I was this good, to be honest," Long said.