Sunshine State DE Enjoys USC Visit

One of the top defensive end prospects in the Sunshine State made his way to Columbia for South Carolina's annual Garnet and Black Game on Saturday. Did the Gamecocks show the highly touted defensive line target a good time during his time on campus? Read inside to find out.

Jeremy Longo, a 6'4, 225 pound defensive end out of Cardinal Gibbons High School (Fort Lauderdale, FL), was on hand for South Carolina's third annual Garnet and Black Game on Saturday, and the defensive standout was blown away by the record attendance and fun atmosphere at USC's spring game.

"I went up to South Carolina's spring game," said Longo. "I had a real good time. It was a great atmosphere. It was a wonderful college town with probably about 50,000 fans at their spring game alone. All the fans were crazy, and everything up there is about Gamecock football."

Longo, who has been timed as low as 4.5 seconds in the forty yard dash, discussed what all he did during his time in Columbia.

"I sat down with my recruiting coach, Robert Gillespie, and got to talk with him when I first got there. The weather was nice, and I went to the stadium early Saturday morning around ten o'clock. I got up there and talked to Coach Spurrier in his office with my mom, my dad, and my brother. It was great. He told us what he plans on doing with the program, what he's all about, and what all South Carolina is about."

According to Longo, he left his South Carolina visit with a very positive impression of the Gamecock football program.

"I feel like their program is coming up. They're going to be one of the top SEC schools to beat next year. They've put a lot of money into all of their new facilities, and their weight room is great. Everything is great up there. It's a nice campus, and they have a great coaching staff that Coach Spurrier has put together. They're going to be a tough team to beat next year."

After growing up in South Florida, Longo is very familiar with Steve Spurrier as a coach, and he likes what the Ball Coach is building at USC.

"I actually grew up a huge Gator fan, and I really like Coach Spurrier as a coach. I thought he had a little bit of a short temper, but when I was up in his office and watching him at the spring game, he had kind of cooled down a little bit and looks like a great guy to play for. I always liked him as a kid, and I think he's just a great coach. He‘s building that program up."

Longo, who made quick stops at both Florida and Florida State on his way to USC, discussed the latest in his recruitment but fell short of naming any favorites.

"I have nine scholarship offers right now. They're from Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and UCF. As of right now, I'm just trying to find the school that I feel most comfortable with and that best fits my needs. I haven't gotten to visit all of them yet, but I plan on taking a lot of unofficial visits in the summer."

With an impressive list of schools jockeying for Longo's services, he will look for a few key factors when deciding on the school of his choice.

"I'm looking for a coaching staff that I feel comfortable with, the academics, the location, and I just pretty much have to get a great feel for the school."

Longo had initially hoped to make an early commitment, but with all of the attention he is receiving, he said he is now unsure of a timeframe for his decision.

"Earlier this year, I planned on making a commitment during the summer, but as of right now I have no idea. I haven't even started narrowing down those schools yet. We haven't started spring ball yet, and we're going to be having a lot of college coaches coming down to see me from other schools like Florida, Florida State, Virginia, Georgia, and plenty of other schools."

The athletic defensive end, who racked up 125 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and eight sacks as a junior last season, described what strengths he brings to the football field.

"I've got a great work ethic. I'm explosive coming off the ball, and I'm a great run stopper. I'm pretty much the full package."

Longo is one of the most physically impressive prospects in the Sunshine State this year, as he bench presses 330 pounds, squats 500 pounds, and claims a 34-inch vertical. He is also a standout in the classroom and reports a 3.0 core GPA. He plans to attend Wisconsin's spring game next weekend.

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