ND resets with 4-star corner

Notre Dame offered California’s second-ranked cornerback David Long on Wednesday. Long explains why Notre Dame immediately enters the forefront of his recruitment.

For four-star cornerback David Long of Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, the possibility of adding a Notre Dame offer appeared off the table.

Former Irish assistant Matt LaFleur was Long’s primary recruiter, but when he exited the program Long didn’t hear from the new Notre Dame staff.

That is, until associate head coach Mike Denbrock visited the 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete on Wednesday to offer.

“Notre Dame hadn’t been in contact with me at all since coach LaFleur left,” Long said. “So, I actually thought they had stopped recruiting me, but then I found out coach Denbrock was stopping by my school.

“I am really excited. It’s a big offer for me. I wanted an offer at the beginning of my junior year, so I’ve liked Notre Dame for a while.”

Stanford and UCLA are programs that will go the distance in Long’s recruitment. After adding a Notre Dame offer, the Irish join the Pac-12 duo as a top contender.

“The tradition is big-time,” Long said. “They are a big football school and have great education and can offer you a great degree. They have a big alumni base, so that’s great as well.”

Notre Dame offered Long as an athlete, and playing offense at the next level appeals to the SoCal prospect.

“Yeah, definitely,” Long said. “Notre Dame really likes my speed and coach Denbrock thinks they can put that to use on offense.”

Long currently has no set plan for off-season visits.

“I am going to sort out my summer soon,” Long said. “I’m not sure yet about taking official visits, but I know I’ll take some unofficials this summer; I’m just not sure where yet. A lot of schools have come into the picture lately.”

In addition to Notre Dame, Long has hauled in spring offers from Illinois, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

“It’s really been overwhelming,” Long said. “It’s like a repeat of last year at this time except now it’s with much bigger schools.”

Long is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 2 cornerback in California and No. 16 cornerback overall in the Class of 2016.

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