Long's Big Dream

Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview with 2012 running back prospect Andrew Long out of Southmoore HS in Moore (OK). After a breakout season as a sophomore, Long put on another good showing as a junior and despite missing a couple of games due to an ankle injury a few prominent colleges are already starting to show the speedster interest.

Barry Sanders.

Donovan Roberts.

Alex Ross.

When talking about the top running backs in the state of Oklahoma for the 2012 recruiting class those three names are the most talked about amongst fans, although there is one name that seems to be forgotten.

Andrew Long.

After a breakout sophomore year Long followed through with another impressive showing his junior season finishing with 176 carries for 1,499 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also had 16 catches for 154 yards while also doing damage on kickoff returns with nine returns for 272 yards including a 94-yard return to the house. He did all this while playing in only eight games this season.

When talking about Long's abilities the name of the game for him is his speed. And he has plenty of it.

"The last time I ran a 40 was in the summer and I ran a 4.37. And I ran it twice with four timers on me."

The 5-foot-9 and 175-pound Long also runs track in the 100m, 4x100, and the 4x400. Long's teammate, who is a current Sooner got the best of him last year when he ran his best time in the 100 so far.

"I think it was a 10.41 over at Moore Stadium but we had a couple of faster guys that beat me," Long said. "We had Julian Wilson who's over at OU but he's redshirting right now. We were all within like split seconds of each other."

Due to being banged up from the season and not wanting to lose weight Long is taking his time on deciding if he will run track this season for the Sabercats.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Iowa State, Nebraska, UCLA, Tulsa and Colorado State are all schools that have been sending mail to the Southmoore star. And it appears that they all like him on offense.

"Mostly at slot receiver or running back," Long replied about where he is mostly being recruited to play."I would rather play running back honestly but it doesn't really matter it's wherever they want me to play as long as I am on the team it's cool."

Long, who says Oklahoma running backs Coach Cale Gundy has been up to his school a few times already, doesn't claim to have a top three or top five schools, but he did talk about his dream school. Just so happens that it's the same school Coach Cale Gundy coaches at.

"OU," Long began. "I really liked them because I have always been like a huge fan ever since I was little and it has been like my dream to play for them. If they would offer me that would be really cool. It doesn't really matter to me right now I'm just trying to get offers really."

All the in-state schools gave Long tickets to all their home games. So Long took the chance to see the two top schools in the state battle it out in Stillwater in the Bedlam Rivalry game earlier this year.

"I loved it," Long said about the game. "It was insane. I brought my girlfriend and my little brother and we were about to leave early because my dad was griping me to come outside because he was picking us up. All the sudden I hear the crowd screaming so I walked back up and Landry had just thrown a touchdown across the middle and I was like oh my god we got to stay and watch this."

For the last three years Long has had the opportunity to play alongside QB Kendal Thompson, which he says has been his favorite thing about playing at Southmoore.

"I love playing with Kendal I'm not going to lie. That's probably my favorite thing. When he goes out there and he is playing with us it's a lot better atmosphere and all the other guys have a better attitude about the game. I only got to play like two or three games with him in there, but they were fun."

For next season Long says he will be working on becoming a better leader for his team since Thompson will no longer be there.

"I'm going to work on trying to be a better team leader this year because I will be a senior and were not going to have Kendal to rely on to be our team leader. So I am going to try and step up and do that. For myself, I am going to try and gain weight and get faster. It's going to be hard but I am going to try and get faster. Try to help carry the team because we will have a young team."

Stay tuned to Sooners Illustrated as we continue to bring you coverage on Long's recruitment moving forward.

Midlands Recruiting Manager Greg Powers contributed to this report.

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