Hunter to attend Jr. Day at Rocky Top

One of Memphis top prospects is planning on being in Knoxville this upcoming weekend for the University of Tennessee's Junior Day. Briarcrest offensive lineman Hunter Long confirmed Sunday evening that he plans on taking a trip to Rocky Top this coming weekend. Go "Inside" for the latest on Long's recruitment.

One of Memphis top prospects is planning on being in Knoxville this upcoming weekend for the University of Tennessee's Junior Day.

Briarcrest offensive lineman Hunter Long confirmed Sunday evening that he plans on taking a trip to Rocky Top this coming weekend.

Long, currently holding one offer from the University of Memphis grew up a Tennessee fan. Don't tell his older brother Austin that, he plays for the Georgia Bulldogs.

"I have always loved Tennessee," the younger Long said. "I have been to their campus a lot, to a lot of games; I grew up loving the Orange and White."

Hunter's father Tim Long is the offensive line coach at Briarcrest High School. Coach Long has had the opportunity to coach several SEC offensive linemen including Ole Miss' Michael Oher and of course his older son Austin, who now plays at Georgia.

"Those guys have made me a better coach," laughed Coach Long. "Hunter is going to be a good one also. We are excited about our trip to Knoxville this coming weekend."

Long, a 6-foot-4, 285 offensive lineman who runs a 5.2 forty, was a pre-season All-State selection, and won All City and All Metro honors following his junior season.

With one offer from Memphis, Hunter is being recruited heavily by Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Southern Mississippi and the home city Tigers.

"The old staff was recruiting me a lot," Long noted. "Coach Dooley was supposed to come by the Thursday before signing day, but had to cancel. We have spoken to Coach Charlie Baggett and they seem very interested in me."

While the younger Long admits that attending Georgia with his older brother is an option, both he and his father admits that Hunter is the type of person to do what's best for him.

"I want to go where I fit in," Long admitted. "Georgia is an option, but I'm the type of person to do my own thing."

Hunter's father agrees.

"He is the type of young man that has his own priorities and favorites," Coach Long noted. "He will choose what's best for him."

Long is looking forward to another trip to Knoxville.

"I want to get to know the new coaching staff," Long said. "I'm looking forward to their junior day."


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