Stanford commit eager for ND official

Four-star cornerback David Long committed to Stanford in August but on Saturday he’ll take an official visit to Notre Dame.

Four-star cornerback David Long committed to Stanford in August and stands behind his choice. But, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder from Loyola High School in Los Angeles also realizes Stanford’s admissions process isn’t full proof.

“I’m basically using the visit as a way for me to help me in case things don’t work out,” Long said. “I’m not sure exactly what will happen because I haven’t been admitted into Stanford yet. I’m basically preparing for things so I’m not scrambling if things don’t work out. It’s definitely a place I want to see so I’m definitely going to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Notre Dame never stopped recruiting Long even after he committed to Stanford.

That Irish persistence is about to pay off.

“This is my first trip to Notre Dame and my first official visit,” Long said. “I just want to see a little bit of everything, the football, and I definitely want to catch up on the academic aspect of it, but really, the environment and being out in South Bend. I’ve never been there so I’m really eager to get out there and see all the tradition, the coaches and players.”

Long, who should find out within the next few weeks if he will be admitted to Stanford, will officially visit Michigan next week and a few other schools could be added to his schedule.

“Ohio State has really been trying to get me to get on board and get an official visit and Duke and Washington are the other schools that are really on me right now,” he said.

Notre Dame is recruiting Long as an athlete but that could change after meeting with the Irish staff.

“I’ve been talking to coach (Mike) Denbrock and he’d love to have me on the offensive side of the ball and coach (Brian) VanGorder is pretty eager to have me out there to play corner,” Long said. “I think it’s a two-way deal. When I get out there I’ll really figure things out and sit with both coaches, but as of right now they’re looking at me as an athlete. Stanford is kind of pretty much the same situation but I think they’re leaning towards bringing me in as a receiver.”

Long is open to either position but he would prefer to line up on the defensive side of the ball.

“I’d rather play defense because I think my celling is a little bit higher on defense and I just really enjoy playing defense,” he said. “I think I have the right mentality for defense. I’d rather hit somebody than be hit, but depending on the situation I wouldn’t mind getting the ball in my hands and making plays.” ranks Long as the 56th best player in the nation. Top Stories