Long Talks Northwestern Visit

Northwestern hosted Union CIty, Calif. running back prospect Warren Long on its campus last week. The Wildcats made a positive impression on the rising junior. He discusses the visit, plus other plans, in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

Union City, Calif. running back prospect Warren Long traveled to Evanston for a visit at Northwestern last week. Everything went well, except one thing.

"The wind will take some getting used to," said Long. "I think I'll manage."

Long, a 5-foot-11, 195-pounder, holds just one offer, coming from Northwestern, which he lists as his favorite school.

During his visit, Long met with Northwestern coaches, players and staffers, took in practice, but also learned about the university's academics, which included a visit to the library.

It should be no surprise that Long, who holds a 3.7 grade point average, enjoyed hearing about Northwestern's academic prestige.

"I'm just trying to be successful, it means a lot to me," said Long. "There's more to life after football."

Long has received interest from Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and others, in addition to his lone offer from the Wildcats.

For Long, the highlight of the visit was when he met with Northwestern's academic advisor and learned more about the school, but the opportunity to tour campus also stood out.

"It's a great school, great location, it's right on Lake Michigan," he said. "Evanston is very picturesque ... It's a great school, there's nothing really wrong with the school."

Though Northwestern remains his clear favorite, Long is not ready to give a verbal commitment just yet. However, the Wildcats made a positive impression.

"Everything was great," he said. "I could see myself at Northwestern University."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college football, college basketball and college baseball for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2009. He served as a writer for Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics, and is now the Publisher of PurpleWildcats.com, covering the Northwestern Wildcats.
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