Bruins Keeping Eye on Long

Kyle Long, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long is playing at Saddleback (Calif.) College, and UCLA is one of a host of Pac-12 schools watching him...

The long circuitous route for Kyle Long has the former baseball draft pick and top football recruit back in the Southland, where his father, NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, made his mark as an All-Pro with the Los Angeles Raiders.

The younger Long starred at Charlottesville (Va.) St. Anne's Bellfield as part of the 2008 class, and had offers from a number of schools, but chose to play baseball at Florida State.

Some off the field issues derailed his baseball career with the Noles so he returned to the gridiron, while still keeping hold of his passion for baseball.

Now at Saddleback (Calif.) College, Long is making his mark on the gridiron while also resuming his career on the diamond.

Last week, the 6-7, 300-pound Long, playing offensive tackle, got his first offer, from SMU, one that came out of nowhere to Long.

"During the spring, a few schools came out and checked us out," said Long. "SMU offering was definitely a surprise. We have a connection there with Richard Crawford there, coming from Saddleback. But I wasn't expecting it. I had just talked with Coach (Adrian) Klemm."

Long thinks that could be the first of more to come.

"I'm hearing from Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Oregon State, Washington State and Washington too," said Long.

For Long, the big question is when he'll graduate and when he'll be able to leave.

"I graduated from high school in 2008, but had some stuff when I was at Florida State so I left my first year. I took a year and a half off. Now I'm not quite sure when I'll be able to graduate. Once I find that stuff out, I'll have some sort of idea. But I'm planning to play baseball next spring anyway."

Long spent the early part of his childhood in Southern California when the Raiders were still in Los Angeles, but it's changed since he was here. Still, the Southern California lifestyle, and the West Coast lifestyle, is something he's enjoying.

"Outside of Tennessee, I haven't even really been contacted by the schools I was recruited by before, the Southern or Midwest schools," said Long. "I'm doing the West Coast thing right now. It's different than what I'm used to but it's nice out here."

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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