"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."
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."