A Long Time Coming

Charlottesville, Va., offensive lineman Kyle Long's name has been going around early recruiting hot lists for a few months now. The son of NFL Hall of Fame defensive lineman Howie Long, he certainly has the genes and the body of an elite college athlete.

As of last week, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound product of St. Anne's-Belfield High already held 19 offers from Ohio State, Virginia, Clemson, Louisville, Boston College, North Carolina, North Carolina State, West Virginia, Florida, Florida State, Duke, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, LSU, Liberty, Villanova and Georgia.

Long recently added a 20th offer, this one from Penn State.

“I got an offer from Penn State two days ago,” Long said. “To receive a scholarship offer from Penn State really shocked me. To think that I could have an opportunity to play in front of all those fans, I mean, wow.

“Coach [Joe] Paterno is someone who I have heard about and watched my entire life,” he added. “It's amazing to think that he has shown enough interest in me as a football player to offer me a scholarship.”

Long is no stranger to the state of Pennsylvania.

“I have never been to Penn State, but my parents both went to Villanova so I have been in the state,” Long said. “I will definitely take a visit. I will probably hang out with [PSU Class off 2007 member] Nate Stupar.

“We have messed around with some pass sets at my house before, so I will have to drop him when I get up there,” Long joked when talking about Stupar, who played defensive end in high school.

How do they know one another? Stupar's older brother, Jon, is a tight end at Virginia. Long's older brother, Chris, is a defensive end for the Cavaliers.

Kyle Long has more aspirates about a visit to Penn State.

“I would definitely want to go and visit when someone like Terrelle Pryor is up there,” Long said. “I would love to get a chance to meet Pryor, he is a great leader and a great player. I hate the comparisons to Vince Young, though. He is his own player and he can flat out play. He is a stud from what I can see and very tough. I would love to meet him and convince him to let me do the blocking, him do the scoring, wherever we both end up.”

Long is in no rush to make a decision on where he wants to play his college ball.

“I am wide open right now,” Long said. “I don't want to miss anything.”

Long figures to continue adding scholarship offers in the coming months, so look for more from this big offensive tackle prospect in the near future.

He is also an accomplished baseball player, and is drawing heavy interest in that sport as a left-handed pitcher and first baseman.


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