North Shore quarterback talks SMU offer

2016 North Shore quarterback Maciah Long picked up an SMU offer and talked with Billy about it and his recruitment.

2016 Houston North Shore quarterback Maciah Long has been keeping in contact with SMU linebackers coach Archie McDaniel and during a recent call, McDaniel shared some good news.

“I gave him a call one night and we were talking and he informed me that I did have an offer at quarterback,” Long said. “I didn’t think the offer was coming. When he told me, I was shocked and also happy. I was really blessed to get that offer. It was a great thing to hear.”

The offer was a big one for Long, who’s got major offers as well, but sees many positives in SMU.

“I do think highly of SMU. I know they have a great school, they’re pretty close to home and that’s all I really know,” the three-star quarterback said.

McDaniel and Long haven’t been talking for more than a couple weeks, but Long is planning a visit to see SMU and find out more about the program.

Long doesn’t have any visits set anywhere, but he’ll start setting dates soon.

Kansas, Texas Tech, UCLA, UCF, Missouri, Ohio State are among the schools that have offered Long so far, but none are standing out just yet. Kansas is showing the most interest.

“It’s pretty good. I talk with coach Thibodeaux. He’s a nice coach and he’s cool,” Long said. “We’re still in the process of building a relationship so I’m taking it real slow.”

Scout projects Long at linebacker, ranking him the No. 6 linebacker in Texas in his class.

Many schools are recruiting Long at linebacker even though the rising senior doesn’t play there right now, but at the next level, Long will play where he’s needed.

“I can always say whatever is best for me and my future is what I’m willing to play and if that’s quarterback or linebacker, I’m going to play it and do the best I can,” Long said.

Long isn’t too worried about any adjustment to a new position. “I don’t think it’ll be a big adjustment due to the fact that I used to play linebacker until my 10th grade year when they moved me strictly to quarterback,” Long said. “It’s like riding a bike. I can get the hang of it again.”

Long is looking at the environment the school is in and the academics the school offers while he weighs each school.

LSU, Baylor, TCU and Utah are other schools that Long is hearing from too. The 6-2, 200-pound quarterback doesn’t have a set timeline for a decision.

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