BEAVERTON, Ore. - David Long wants to take care of some unfinished recruiting business before putting a bow on the process.
Notre Dame and Michigan could be the beneficiaries of that in the next month if the four-star cornerback from Los Angeles gets his wish. Long would like to visit both before making a verbal commitment before the end of August.
“I was planning on maybe committing in the next four weeks,” Long said. “Probably before my senior season. I still want to see a few schools, Notre Dame and Michigan. Oregon as well. I’m not sure about that but I have visited some schools. Local schools, plus Stanford and Washington.”
Long communicates with the Notre Dame staff on a regular basis. He touches base with the Irish “about every other day” including defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
He’s also evaluated VanGorder’s defensive scheme in terms of its potential fit plus what Notre Dame brings to the table off the field. Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business stands out.
“Coach VanGorder is a really good coach,” Long said. “He’s been in the NFL and coached some really good guys. I like the way they run their defense and the way that they’ll use me is similar to the way they use me out here, nickel and perimeter guy. Notre Dame offers a very good education. Stanford is one of my schools but they don’t offer an undergraduate business degree. Notre Dame does, so that’s something I’m definitely looking at.”
UCLA and USC have been recruiting Long since his sophomore year, although the Trojans just recently offered a scholarship. Stanford was a childhood favorite, plus Long is friends with Cardinal quarterback commitment K.J. Costello, also at The Opening this week.
The Cardinal is winning the familiarity race with Long.
“Definitely Stanford,” he said. “UCLA has been on me really hard since my sophomore year. I have a really good relationship with the whole staff. The running backs coach is the former coach at my high school. I know that staff really well. SC, I’ve been around there since my sophomore year but they just offered so they just really started recruiting me in the last few months. Stanford is the same thing but I’ve been up there. K.J. Costello is on my team and is really recruiting me to go there. It’s a school I really like and loved growing up.”
Getting out to see the Midwest programs and compare them against those back home might be a priority, but it’s not a necessity.
“I think I could be comfortable making a decision,” Long said. “But I definitely don’t want to rush anything without seeing everything I want to see. But I could definitely make a commitment without taking all those visits.”