Jakolby Long doesn't necesarily feel the need to use all five of his official visits before making a decision, but the guard from Mustang (Okla.) has scheduled at least one stop to help his recruitment move to the next stage.
The 6-foot-5 guard, who holds offers from Georgia, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, SMU, Ole Miss, Kansas State and Texas Tech among others, plans to stop at Iowa State on Oct. 3 for his first official visit. He will have an in-home visit with Georgia on Sept. 8.
Iowa State came in with an offer Friday night.
"With Georgia, they got in contact with us prior to the Peach Jam EBYL season and have shown a ton of interest. I think the chance to play in the SEC in that competition is intriguing. Being at a program like that, it seems like they’re trying to get to the top of the SEC and I think that’s attractive to him," Long's uncle and assistant coach Gary Jones said. "With Iowa State, obviously playing in the Big 12, [since] he’s an Oklahoma kid, is huge. He would get a chance, with OU and OSU, to play nearly at home several times a year."
Long is a lanky, tough guard who Jones compares some to the Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes. He's regarded as a physical, lockdown defender who can also score.
Some schools — such as Florida early on — have seen Long more as a point guard. Georgia views Long as a guy who could slide up to play the three while Iowa State thus far has seemed most interested in him playing the two.
Whatever the case, he's versatile.
"Jakolby is 6-5, 215 and so his frame allows him some flexibility as well as his skillset," Jones said. "Jakolby’s skillset, not only is he in my opinion the toughest wing defender in the class, he’s played the primary ball-handler for his high school team, so he can play the one through the three and I think he allows a school to not have to have a perfect recruiting class because he can fill whatever their void is."
Long, who averaged 15.9 points per game in the EBYL this summer, isn't certain what his visit schedule will look like. Things will get jumpstarted when Georgia visits him in early September, but thus far the only official visit set is the one to Iowa State.
The rest is to be determined.
"I think all five [visits] is an option, but I don’t think it’s a necessity. He’s very much looking for a fit as opposed to going on some sort of tour," Jones said. "We want to visit the places that are of interest to him and if something happens, it happens. I could see him taking two and I could see him taking five."
As for a timeline, a decision could come as soon as this fall if the situation is right.
"In a perfect world, things would happen sooner than later, but we’re not in a rush if that makes sense," Jones said. "If he finds what he’s looking for, we’ll be fine."