After breaking his right wrist in the first game of his junior season, Bellbrook Ohio OT Sam Longo's recruitment got off to a slow start. But with 31 offers currently to his credit from schools like Florida State, Miami (Fla), Nebraska, Penn State, and Boston College, the 6-5, 275 pounder, Scout.com's #63 Midwest rising-senior, decided to take his show on the road in hopes of picking up more.
Longo is presently in the midst of a nationwide tour that so far has taken him to the left coast with visits to Pac 10 members Stanford, UCLA, and USC, then back again to Big 10 country where so far he's made stops at Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa, and Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State before heading down the East Coast on an ACC tour including stops at Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest, NC State, Florida State, and Miami (Fla.).
"The trips have been going great and so far and it's really been an eye opening experience," Sam told GoBlueWolverine.
GBW spoke with Sam's dad Gene Longo, who played his college football in Columbus for the Buckeyes, earlier this month and learned that the Longos had planned on spending a half day in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, June, 17th during Michigan's four-day camp. However, they had to make a last second change in itinerary - they found themselves in Nebraska, unable to make it to A2 in time.
Longo does still intend on visiting Michigan at some point during the summer, where he hopes to impress the coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer.
"My recruiter (coach Tall) told my dad that he wants to offer me; it's just that the offensive line coach (Greg Frey) wants to see me move with the additional weight that I've put on."
So what does a former Buckeye think about the possibility of his son playing for that school up North?
"He could care less," Sam said. "He just wants the best fit for me and doesn't care where it is. I've always been interested in U of M because I was born in Michigan. I'm pretty much just a Big Ten fan in general because that's what I grew up watching."
When asked what would happen if Michigan were to offer at some point, Sam replied:
"If U of M ever offered it would easily put them in my top three -- without a doubt."
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