Long on Irish radar

Notre Dame began recruiting Anthony Long as an offensive tackle but the three-star prospect prefers to play on defense in college. The Irish shifted their strategy and encouraged Long to attend their summer camp.

Notre Dame’s coaching staff began recruiting Anthony Long as an offensive guard but the 6-foot-3, 298-pound three-star prospect from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa., prefers to play on the defensive side of the ball in college.

That forced the Irish to change their recruiting strategy and they encouraged Long to attend their summer camp so they could fully evaluate him as a defensive tackle.

“At first they were recruiting me as an offensive guard but I declared myself as a defensive lineman so they said they wanted to see me up there at a camp,” Long said. “I’m not sure if I’ll go. I don’t know how confident I am about going to their camp yet.”

Long, who holds scholarship offers from Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Purdue and West Virginia, among others, also landed an invitation to attend Notre Dame’s junior day.

It’s unlikely he’ll be able to make his way to South Bend for the March 21 event.

“I don’t know yet because I’ve got a couple of situations where I’ve got to travel out of state,” he said. “I don’t know what my schedule is going to be yet.”

Long already visited Pittsburgh and Boston College and he has a couple more trips tentatively planned for the spring.

“I’ve been in contact with Ohio State, Pitt, West Virginia I’ve been in contact with a lot too,” he said. “I definitely have a visit planned to Pitt for sure. That’s going to happen soon. I definitely want to go up to Michigan State, maybe for their spring game.”

With former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi taking over as head coach at Pittsburgh the Panthers are among Long’s early favorites.

“Coach Narduzzi made that move to Pitt so that’s looking interesting right now,” Long said. “He’s one of the best defensive coordinators in college football. When I see that he’s a head coach for one of the schools that is recruiting me that changes the whole game.”

As a junior, Long recorded 45 tackles, including 10 for a loss, and 4 ½ sacks.

“I’m a leader on the field and I definitely know how to play in the clutch,” he said. “I’m willing to make a play any and every time on the field. I’m a good team player.”

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