Long Hoping For Buckeye Offer

Could Brandon Long of Canton (Oh.) GlenOak earn a Buckeye offer? His stock has been on the rise, and the Buckeyes are very interested. Duane Long talked with Brandon about a recent visit to Ohio State and where things stand.

Brandon Long of Canton GlenOak was one recruit lucky enough to take in the action in the Horseshoe last weekend. The trip to see the game was an unofficial visit, but it probably won't be the last trip he makes to OSU.

"(The visit went) pretty great," Long said. "It's always good to go down to Ohio State. I only got to talk to the coaches a little because we had to leave right after."

Long plays linebacker primarily for GlenOak, but Ohio State has some unique ideas about where he might play if he became a Buckeye.

"I talked to Coach Bollman last Thursday," Long said. "They are talking about using me as a tight end and a fullback. They want to get a more athletic guy who can catch the ball and make things happen with the ball in addition to being a blocker."

How do things look for Long as far as an Ohio State offer?

"Things are sounding pretty good," he said. "We'll see. I know they are short on scholarships. They've explained that to me. I understand. I want to take some visits anyway. I just want to make sure."

One official visit will be coming this weekend.

"I will be taking an official visit to Michigan State this weekend," Long said. "I am friends with (ex-GlenOak, now MSU lineman) Nick Smith, so I am going up there. I will probably be going to Iowa for a visit."

Long discussed an official visit when he was down at OSU.

"We talked about an official visit, but we did not set anything up yet," he said. "We've talked about possibly playing defensive end too."

Long also discussed how things are going with his team, particularly since they lost top senior and Buckeye commitment Brian Hartline for the season.

"He's my best friend," he said. "We've been on the same team since we were eight years old. He was so looking forward to this season. We're rallying around Brian. We want to win for him.

"Right now, because of things that have happened, I'm playing defense. I have two sacks and a blocked punt. Changes in our offense make me more valuable on defense."

Long is an outstanding athlete as he has been measured at 6-3, 230 and 4.55 in the 40. He expects to get even bigger.

"I will probably get another inch taller," he said. "My dad is 6-8 and 320. He played at Purdue. Miami (Fl.) offered him. He went to Purdue because it was a family tradition. My uncle played there and went on to the NFL, the Broncos and Lions."

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