Long holds Freeman in high regard

Westerville (OH) South standout tight end Darryl Long has 11 scholarship offers under his belt, but the recent one from Purdue caught his interest for a particular reason. It came from Purdue assistant coach Marcus Freeman, someone he holds in high regards.

A Columbus-area kid, Darryl Long has watched many Ohio State football games. That's where the name Marcus Freeman became familiar to him first.

Now, Long is a three-star tight end prospect and Freeman, the former Buckeye standout, is his lead recruiter to Purdue, where he now serves as an assistant coach. Freeman first reached out to Long while coaching at Kent State, and that interest turned into a Boilermaker offer just a few weeks ago.

Long is thrilled for Freeman's personal success, and that feeling was amplified when his Purdue scholarship offer came in.

"It's awesome to see him move up in the rankings," Long said of Freeman. "And now, he's talking to me at [Purdue]. That's awesome."

Since getting in contact with Freeman and the Purdue staff, Long has built high expectations for the Boilermakers' future. He believes in what new head coach Darrell Hazell is building.

"It seems like a good group of young coaches," said Long. "I'm excited to see how they do this year. Maybe, I might go to that school."

"They said they can turn the program around, with the players they're getting and the new attitude they're putting in. I hope they start playing well because that's a really good coaching staff."

Long, a 6-foot-5, 228-pound prospect, also holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, among others.

For now, Long is taking the recruiting process slowly, working to evaluate each option.

"Hopefully, after I start taking some visits, I'll narrow it down," he said. "I like the process, I like talking to all the coaches, and I want to work toward more."

The next step with Purdue for Long is taking a campus visit. He hopes to do that during the summer, as his spring schedule with school is far too busy. For now, Long is just enjoying the recruiting ride.

"I'm just trying to see what's the best place for me," he said. "I'm still looking right now."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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