The Stanford football 2016 recruiting class continues to look great. The latest addition is 4-star cornerback David Long from Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
"It feels great," Long says about becoming a member of Card Class '16.
Long has offers from every Pac-12 school and many others, but he says Stanford was always near the top of his list.
"It has always been a dream school of mine so when I got the opportunity it was a no brainer," Long says of Stanford. "I was going back and forth between them and Washington. It always came back to where would I want to be if football didn't work out? Every time I thought about that I came back to Stanford. I just followed my gut and I think I'll be fine."
Long has been leaning toward Stanford for a while, but the final decision really wasn't made until Wednesday night.
"I kind of made the decision a few times over the last few months but I needed some constructive criticism, some outside looks and opinions on what I should do. But I really solidified everything last night, looking over and thinking about it. I called the coaches at Washington and talked with them. They gave me some good advice. I went from there. I felt good about it this morning so I committed."
The commitment happened before practice Thursday morning. Long called head coach David Shaw. They talked about the opportunities ahead and Long told the coach that he would be coming to Stanford. "Then I told my team. And then it was all over the internet."
Like many ahead of him who are committing this summer, Long says it feels good to get the decision behind him so he can concentrate and enjoy his senior season.
"Lots of guys really want to take advantage of the visits. The way I feel, whatever program you go to you're going to get those visits back whether it be going to away games or just getting those kind of experiences. I guess I kind of miss a little bit on the visits. But there is no reason to waste the time though. Hopefully by me committing early it opens up some spots for other guys. It takes some stress off of me and hopefully helps the next guy."
Adding a 4-star prospect helps boost an already solid recruiting class. With 13 commitments already, the Cardinal now rank 15th overall for the 2016 class.
Long is thrilled by the early start to his recruiting class. "I'm really excited. Usually Stanford picks up things later on, but we're starting out strong. I think we'll add some bigger pieces further down the road. With me on board I can really start getting out to guys."
A strong bond is already building among Card Class of '16. "I'm really familiar with the guys in my class. Kaden Smith, K.J. Costello, Simi (Fehoko), Bo Peek. I talk to these guys a lot. There is a group chat that we use, a little back and forth to get guys in. I'm really feeling good about this class. I can try to get some other big time commits on board."
The 6'0, 170-pound athlete has been recruited as a cornerback, but the star athlete may have some options. "The receivers coach asked if I still want to play receiver. But I intend to play cornerback when I get there next summer."
As for academics, Long's initial interest is architectural engineering. But he is open to business degrees as well. He plans to enter school undeclared and explore his options.
Long is a two-way player who emerged this past spring as an elite cover corner. He has all the physical tools you could want in a next level DB including size, quickness, top end speed, instincts and toughness. He's a smart player with a high understanding of how to play the game and always competes at a high level. He's smooth in his backpedal, shows explosiveness getting in and out of his breaks and has excellent recovery speed as well-Biggins
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