Spartans Start a Trend

Recruiting is going good for Deon Long. After picking up a scholarship offer from Michigan State last month, two additional schools have jumped into the fray. Click through to find out who the Spartans are competing against and more . . .

He stands 6-foot-0, weighs 180-pounds and runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. He says he's working on chipping away a tenth of a second from that 40 time to impress programs even more, and his so-called offseason should help.

Running track helps him keep his speed numbers inching downward. He is a sprinter and focuses on the 55- and 200-meter dashes indoors and 100 and 200 outdoors.

As for improving agility, he regularly grinds things out to improve and lists off a steady regimen: "Cone drills, ladder drills … practicing on 20-yard shuttle runs, stuff like that."

Presently, Long reports the Mountaineers as pursuing him the hardest. When asked for a top-five of teams he's interested in, he has an immediate reply: "West Virginia, Michigan State, Duke, Syracuse and Pittsburgh."

Next season, Long envisions great things for his Washington D.C. based Dubbar High School squad.

"We look good right now," he says. "We're going to win the championship."

Read more on Long's recruitment inside the Spartan Insight Football Blog

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