'16 Socal Ath Long Offered by U-M, May Visit

David Long has a big year in 2014 on both sides of the ball. Michigan defensive back Greg Jackson likes what he sees from Long at corner and so offered the three-star prospect yesterday. Find out what Long thinks of the Wolverines and whether a visit to Michigan is in the cards.

Over the weekend, Michigan acted swiftly in filling its 2015 class with three commitments, bringing their class total to nine. Jim Harbaugh and staff have also remained active in recruiting top juniors across the country, and the Wolverines offered a three-star Southern California prospect yesterday.

On Tuesday, head coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive back coach Greg Jackson stopped by Loyola High School to offer rising three-star athlete David Long, who plays wide receiver and cornerback for the Cubs.

“We don’t have school this week so we were just working out,” Long told GoBlueWolverine.com. “My coach came in there and said the Michigan staff stopped by—Harbaugh and the defensive back coach Jackson—and that they had extended me an offer. After my workout my coach called them and I spoke with them very briefly.

“I believe it was coach Jackson, the defensive backs coach. He seems like a great guy. I don’t know too much about him. I spoke with him for a brief four to five minutes, but he seems really interested in me. He said he likes my film and what I could bring to Michigan.”

Loyola struggled as a team last season, recording a 4-6 record. With added experience at key positions next year, Long’s goal this season is to place at least third in state playoffs.

“To start the year I actually came in playing receiver,” said Long. “But due to injury issues, I decided to play on the defensive side of the ball.”

Long has previous experience playing defensive back, which he says helped ease the transition into his first year starting at corner for the Cubs.

“I definitely describe myself as a cover corner,” said Long. “I have great instincts. I think my ability to stay with wide receivers, whether they are big or small or fast, sets me apart from a whole lot of corners. Whether I just press guys or play off guys, I play both techniques well. I don’t struggle at either place.”

As of today, Long has received four offers in the month of January alone.

“Most schools have offered me as an athlete,” Long says. “First as a corner, then they eventually tell me I could play on either side of the ball.”

With experience at both wide receiver and corner, Long says he does not have a preference on which position he would like to play in college. Which college he will play at, however, is also still up in the air.

“Right now I have 13 offers, including Michigan today,” Long says. “My recruitment has been picking up lately. Basically with signing day coming up, a lot of coaches are out recruiting right now. The schools that are mainly hitting me up are Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Duke and UCLA. Those were one of the first schools to get out of me. I’ve been staying in contact with schools like Oregon, Michigan which just offered, and I’ve been in contact with Vanderbilt and other schools like that.

“I know that each school has a lot to offer and I’m looking for a school that can help me after football. I’m looking for a great alumni base that can help me.”

With education and alumni connections at a premium in Long’s personal evaluation, Michigan stacks up favorably thus far. The three-star recruit, who has long admired the tradition at Michigan, spoke about his take on the Maize and Blue.

“As a whole, even before Harbaugh came, I think of Michigan as a tradition rich program,” Long says. “Even though they struggled last year a little bit, I see them as a powerhouse in college football. With Harbaugh coming in, he has a reputation of turning around programs. It’s a really good look for the school and recruits like me—we are looking into things like that.”

Now that Michigan has come forth with a scholarship offer, Long is looking at scheduling an official visit to Ann Arbor. Joining Long on his trip would be two other members of his passing league—four-star quarterback K.J. Costello and four-star wide receiver Dylan Crawford.

“Actually I could potentially take a visit within the next month with another ’16 guy, Dylan Crawford,” says Long. “I’m really good friends with Dylan Crawford.”

Long says that both Crawford and Costello are “really big” on Michigan. Follow GoBlueWolverine.com for further updates on this potential upcoming visit.

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