In fact, the Wolverines coaches have made it a point to talk with the Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola standout on a regular basis.
"They have definitely let me know they really want me," Long said. "They could really use a guy like me on defense. Coach [Chris] Partridge I talk with him probably twice a week. I speak with [Michigan coach Jim] Harbaugh every two weeks. Same with coach [Greg] Jackson. And then coach [Michael] Zoridch, I speak with him the same amount as coach Partridge."
So, yeah, Michigan has made Long a top priority. And so far, it has resulted in a strong relationship, says Long.
"I feel like I have a good relationship [with Michigan]," Long said. "They have worked hard on recruiting me and just building that relationship. I definitely feel comfortable with the staff. My [high school coach] has coached with a few people on their staff at Michigan. It's definitely a place I would like to be and be around."
At the moment, Long doesn't have a planned visit to U-M. However, he says he's trying to visit this summer if possible.
"Mainly I want to see the academics, the alumni, and actual lifestyle and how it feels to be on campus at Michigan," Long said. "Maybe speak with a few players. Get a firsthand experience of what it's like to be there to be on the football team. And you know, just being on campus and being around town."
"I haven't been able to narrow it down yet," Long said. "Sitting down with family and being able to cut my list. I want to see what matters to me and what will be the deciding factor come signing day."
As of right now, Long says he would prefer to make his commitment known before his senior season.