Long Prepares For His Oregon Official

Once a highly touted prospect and Florida State commit coming out of high school, three-star offensive lineman Kyle Long finds himself going through the recruiting process once again after personal circumstances landed him at Saddleback College in California. With one year to play one, eDuck caught up with Long who was in Portland awaiting a flight that will have him officially visiting Eugene.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"Yes I do."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"Coach (Steve) Greatwood and I's relationship started midway through the season. He came to one of our walkthroughs the day before our game and we had a chance to meet when I was walking off of the field. He's been in contact with our coaching staff for the whole season, just trying to develop a relationship there. I've spoken with him over the phone and we've built kind of a relationship. I'm excited to get up (to Oregon) and see coach Greatwood who I've been in contact with."

Have they discussed with you the types of things they want to show you while you're on your official visit?

"Not really. I'm just excited to get a chance to hopefully get up there -- I think they're in bowl practice. Hopefully I'll be able to get in there and see how the coaches interact with the players. I want to get a chance to hopefully speak with some of the players and see what they have in store for me in Eugene for this weekend. I'm sure it's going to be a great time and I'm really looking forward to it and get an opportunity to see the campus and get a feel for the town."

What is your eligibility looking like coming out of junior college?

"Right now, it's looking like I'm a ‘one-for-one,' so it's looking like I'll only have one year to play."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I obviously have a lot of interest in Oregon. Taking this visit up here kind of speaks volumes to where I am in the recruiting process and taking my visits now. There's only a handful of schools I feel that are good to go visit and Oregon was right there at the top of the list. It just worked out (that I could visit) this weekend, so I'm going to head up here and have a great time hopefully and get a chance to see it. I think my parents are going to come up to and get a chance to see Oregon and the university and the coaches."

Who are some of the other schools that you're considering right now?

"Auburn, USC, UCLA, Utah, Washington."

Have you taken any official visits to any of those places or do you have anything scheduled out?

"No, this is my first official. I've been speaking with Auburn a little bit and I'm going to try and take an official down there, but we're finishing with finals and everything, so my schedule has been kind of crammed."

What is it about Oregon that you interested in the program?

"The offense that we ran at Saddleback -- the JUCO I'm coming from -- was very similar to the Ducks. We're a very up-tempo team, no-huddle, can do a number of things offensively and blocking schemes wise and pass pro wise. I just feel like (Oregon) is a great team and in a great conference, tremendous fan support and it's a great place to play football."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I play hard. I try to pride myself on just being a grinder. I like to go the last play as hard as I did the first play and I'm very focused on my technique. I really like pass blocking a lot; it's probably one of my favorite things to do in football."

Is there anyone at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"I like watching Jake Long from the (Miami) Dolphins and I like watching (Jason) Peters, the left tackle from the (Philadelphia) Eagles; he's very good. There's a lot of guys to pick and choose stuff from each guy's game that you can incorporate in to yours and hopefully better your game. That's why we have the offseason, that's why those games are on TV, because you get an opportunity to watch the best guys do it and you try to emulate."

Is Oregon evaluating you at offensive tackle?

"Yes sir."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I'm looking for the right fit for me. It's not necessarily, ‘A, B, C, D...' but it's more things like life on campus, shake the hands of the coaches, get to meet some of the guys, get to meet some of the players...I want to get that feeling where I have some comfort where I am. It's just got to be the right fit. Over the course of this visit and the next few visits, I'll be able to develop more of a clear plan of what I'm looking for and what I'm not looking for. This is my second time through the recruitment process, so some of the other stuff -- the bells and whistles -- are kind of pushed to the side and I'm kind of looking at how the next year is going to prepare me as a student and as an athlete and what it can do to help me develop as a man."

What made you feel that Saddleback was the right place to be before enrolling long-term in a four-year program?

"After I left Florida State, my options for getting back in to football weren't very high. I needed to take care of some stuff personally before I let myself back in to the field of competition again. I thought Saddleback was a great stepping stone for me to get to where I wanted to go and I'm forever grateful for the opportunity that coach (Mark) McElroy has given me there. The coaching staff is just an awesome fit and I recommend it for anyone that's in my situation."

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