The high school football season may have ended for Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola four-star cornerback David Long, but his recruiting season is now reaching a fevered pitch. Multiple programs have dropped in on the longtime Stanford commit, including the University of Michigan. Last Sunday he conducted his second in-home visit the Maize & Blue, but his first with newly appointed assistant (for the game) Chris Partridge.
"I've had an in-home visit with (Coach Partridge), as well as the first with Coach Baxter and Coach Zordich,” Long told the Michigan Insider. “(Coach Partridge) tells me to go where I am comfortable and can get an education. He’s not going to sell me on playing time or longevity in the coaching staff because I understand the coaches are great and will eventually have opportunities to move on as Durkin did. Although, he does says he thinks I will enjoy Michigan for what it is and truly get everything out of the experience. I have a really good relationship with Coach Partridge. That’s who I communicate with the majority of the time.”
The 6-0, 170-pounder is ranked a four-star prospect and the No. 1 cornerback in the West Coast. He took an official visit to Ann Arbor back in October and since then has discussed making a return visit.
“Nothing (set) as of now,” said Long. “I’ll sort that out after finals. It could come down to how much money I have left over to travel because I’ll be in Italy the last week before Signing Day.”
One visit Long did recently plan to take was to Washington, but academic priorities caused him to changed his mind abruptly.
“Yeah, (I did cancel),” said Long. “I have finals and some finals were switched to final projects rather than written exams. Therefore, I needed the extra time to do those projects as well as study for the traditional exams.”
Whether he makes it back to Ann Arbor or not, Long will be paying close attention to the goings-on there. He hasn’t received any word yet on who may be the next defensive coordinator, but there is one coach that would instantly alter the talented youngster's recruitment if he wound up in Ann Arbor.
"I saw Stanford’s defensive coordinator (Lance Anderson) is a candidate," said Long. "I know he was under Harbaugh. It would give Michigan the upper hand (if he went to Michigan) because I like the way he runs things, but I don’t believe he’ll go. Him and me have a really good relationship too.
Still considered a soft commit to Stanford, Long is still figuring out whether or not to stick with his pledge and reiterated that there is no timeline on when he will make that final decision. Michigan headman Jim Harbaugh will also be by to see Long sometime in January to make another run at convincing him to flip.