WR Scott Long nears decision, favors U of L

Scott Long, a 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver from Southport, North Carolina, will make an official visit to the University of Louisville next weekend and will likely make his decision following the visit.

Scott Long, a talented 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver from South Brunswick High in Southport, NC, will make an official visit to the University of Louisville next weekend and Bobby Petrino and staff are the heavy favorites to secure his services.

"Scott and his mother are going to visit Louisville next weekend and I believe his intentions are to commit to them while on the visit," South Brunswick coach Troy Kessinger said.

Long, who missed nearly his entire junior season because of injury, came back strong this season, finishing with 40 receptions for 520 yards and 8 touchdowns in a run oriented offense.

"I'm a very speedy receiver with good size," Long recently told NCPrepReport.com. "I run a 4.4 forty and I have good hands. I can catch the ball across the middle or down field. I'm also very physical at the line. I have a 37.5 inch vertical and just maxed out on bench press at 325."

Combining size, speed and reliable hands, Long has an offer from Louisville and has also taken official visits to Wake Forest and Clemson.

"He's an explosive, very polished wide receiver who runs college caliber routes," said Kessinger.

An alternate for the North Carolina Shrine Bowl and an All-County selection this season, Kessinger says that Long's best football is in front of him.

"He's going to be a real pleasant surprise," Kessinger predicted. "He's got all the vitals you look for in a receiver, tall, fast and good hands. And he's a model citizen. He's one of the best kids you'll ever be around and he has great work ethic."

Following a 1-9 season, Kessinger took a coaching position at a different school and recently observed Long working out on the football field with his replacement, who coached in talent-laden Durham, NC last season. According to Kessinger, South Brunswick's next coach, said, "If he played in Durham, colleges would be lining up making offers to him."

Fully recovered from off-season tendon surgery, Kessinger predicts U of L fans will be pleased once Long arrives on campus next fall.

"Louisville is going to be real happy with him," Kessinger said. "He's got a lot of upside."

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