Familiar Face Checks Out Pitt

A.J. Long guided Friendship Christian (TN) to a state championship this past season. He checked out Pitt's junior day, and also talks about some of the other visits he'd like to take this offseason.

Pitt hosted a familiar face on Saturday, as one-time Bangor (PA) Pius X quarterback A.J. Long was in town for junior day. Long has been at Pitt camps in the past. He's now the starting quarterback at Friendship Christian in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Long guided Friendship Christian to a 13-1 record, and the Tennessee Class 2A State Championship.

He put up some very efficient numbers at quarterback, completing 61 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,476 yards, 37 touchdowns and just one interception. He also rushed for 669 yards and another 12 touchdowns.

He holds offers from UCLA, Arizona, Syracuse and picked up another from Ohio over the weekend.

"They've been sending me mail throughout the year, on and off, including getting invited to their junior day," Long said of Pitt. "I enjoyed it. It was a fun experience. At the end of the day, though, I don't think the offense fits me."

Despite that, Long says he plans to keep in touch with the Pitt coaching staff, and wouldn't rule out keeping Pitt in the mix.

"Looking at it right now, they already have a kid committed (Chandler Kincade) in my class," Long said. "He already fits their offense. I'm not going to rule them out,I just might not follow them as much.

"It was cool. It was my second time watching a Big East basketball game. It was fun, seeing them win against a team like Syracuse. They're 179-28 at home all-time. They're very good. I enjoyed it."

Long also has some other plans this spring, and has looked at getting back to some of the schools who have offered him, later in the summer."

"I've been to Ohio and Syracuse, but not to UCLA," Long said. "Hopefully this summer, I'll get out to the West Coast. I'm going to be at Vanderbilt's junior day on (February)13th, and at Tennessee. I was in contact with the coaches when they were at Cincinnati, and now they're moving to Tennessee."

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