For months David Long believed that Stanford was where he wanted to spend his collegiate career, but he still wanted to check out a few schools to be sure. Michigan was one of those schools, and when he took his official to Ann Arbor last October his certainty about the Cardinal wasn't there anymore.
The Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola cornerback decided to officially reopen his recruitment in December to further evaluate his options. The program that kept coming up in his mind was the Michigan, and he quietly made a commitment to the Maize & Blue. Thursday he let the world in on what he has been knowing for quite some time.
“Michigan was just a great fit for my life after football,” Long told The Michigan Insider. “A week before I decommitted from Stanford I knew it was the place for me. I’ve had the feeling since my visit though. Almost a month ago I let the coaches know I wanted to come here and was a silent commit. It’s great (becoming a Wolverine) and it’s a lifetime commitment that started today.”
The talented 6-0, 175-pound Long was one of the most coveted prospects in the country because of his versatile skill set. Michigan's coaching staff plans to utilize as many of his talents as possible.
The coaches plan to use me defense, special teams and possibly offense,” said Long. When Long does arrive on campus, he plans to bring his consistent play and relentless effort to the Big House to make this Wolverine defense the best.”
“I’m going to compete for every rep and every play. It’ll never be a question of effort on my end. As for my performance, I don’t talk much, but I know what I can do and the results will show. I will look to help us become the top defense.”
With his own recruitment behind him Long is committed to helping Michigan lure a couple of his Army All American teammates into the fold.
“Dylan (Crawford) is there, but honestly whoever wants to be a part of this I welcome them with open arms,” said Long. “One target is Devin Asiasi and I talked to him on my Washington visit. I also would love to have Lavert (Hill) join the gang.”
“I asked (Devin) how he was feeling about Michigan and gave him some insight. Not insight as a future commit, but a fellow recruit trying to make the same decision he is. I definitely think Michigan has a good shot. I’m not a pressing guy, but I left with an impression with the school I’m rooting for, so I’m not sure, but I know he liked it to some extent.”