Where does Oregon stand with Long?

Four-star cornerback David Long is prepared to make a decision in the coming weeks. Several programs are still in the running, but will Oregon have a fighting chance? Here, he talks with eDuck about the Ducks, potential visits and what will factor into his decision

Just a couple of weeks away from a decision, four-star Los Angeles (Calif.) Layola cornerback David Long still has not made it out to see a few of his top programs. Right now Notre Dame, Michigan, Washington, Stanford, Oregon and UCLA are in the hunt for the 6-foot, 175-pound prospect and he told eDuck that he still has three visits in mind but may not travel before picking a program in early August.

“I was going to try to get out to maybe Michigan, Notre Dame and I wanted to get up to Oregon,” he said. “I’m not sure if any of that will happen. Oregon probably has the best shot since they’re closer. I’m not really sure. I just want to really focus and I don’t want to do too much moving around before all this.”

Long has gone on record saying that he’d be comfortable making his choice without seeing those programs and that it may not negatively affect their chances. The reason why Long doesn’t want to drag out his recruitment is simple.

“I think I’m ready,” he said. “I think I know where I can narrow things down and I think I’m fine with a decision (with) the schools I’m looking at. I think this is the right time to do it. I don’t really want to carry it into the season.”

Long said that when it comes down to it, he’ll choose a program based on what it offers off the field.

“I think all these guys are really great at developing talent,” he said. “I really just try to think about it away from football. Wherever I want to be, you know, if football doesn’t work out. Because I know I don’t take this for granted and anything can happen.”

Despite looking like it may be on the outside looking in without a visit, Oregon is a program that Long speaks fondly of. He praised secondary coach John Neal’s coaching ability and said he and the staff have been on him since offering late last year.

“I’ve been in contact with him since they offered,” he said. “That was really like my first big offer for me after the season. I was really excited. I like Coach Neal. I like what he brings to the table.”

Even if the visit does not occur, there seems to be enough that Long knows about Oregon from his time at The Opening to secondhand stories that make them at least intriguing.

“I haven’t been able to get up and see the players and see the staff,” he said. “But the staff has been there for a long time. I’ve talked with people that went to Oregon so it’s a great deal up there. I loved — I don’t know if Eugene is like this, but I was up at The Opening and it was a great place, nice environment, somewhere I could see myself.”

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