Canton, Ohio's Brandon Long does not yet have any early offers, but he is receiving mail from all over the nation, "I've been contacted by 36 schools. Some of the main ones are Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State. All the BIG 10 schools, except for Northwestern, have contacted me."
Long plays both linebacker and tight end; where does he seem himself playing on the next level? "If I'm playing Division 1 football, linebacker is going to be what gets me there. Plus I like to be on the defensive side of the ball. I like to be the hitter."
Does Long have any interest in Notre Dame? "Yes, definitely. I like their tradition. They always have a great program. You can also do a lot with a degree from Notre Dame. Plus I have some relatives that live in Indiana."
Beside his interest in the Irish, Long has also checked out some other schools, attending junior days at Ohio State, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh.
We asked Brandon what he is looking for in a school. "First of all, they have to have a good program. I'm going there based on my athletic abilities, so that is important. Educational opportunities will also play a role, and the facilities will be important, also."
Will distance be a problem? "I don't think so," said Long. "My parents would probably like somewhere closer to home, but it's not a huge issue with me."
We asked Long if he had any favorites right now. "If I had to give a top three, I would say Ohio State is number one, Michigan is two, and Notre Dame is three."
Does he plan to make an early decision? "No, I'm going to take all five of my visits. I don't plan on making a decision until I've had time to check out all the schools."
Where do his parents want him to go? "Being an Ohio athlete, they want me to go to Ohio State. Both my dad and my step-dad are big Ohio State fans."
Long has a self-reported 2.95 GPA.
Comments: Long was a pleasure to talk to; very polite and well-spoken. The Irish are going to have to battle the home state Buckeyes for his services, and Irish fans know how those battles for Ohio players have gone the past couple seasons. Can Coach Willingham and staff pull off the upset? Irish Eyes will follow the developments and let you know.