Longson Sorting Through Spring

The San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley lineman, Kieffer Longson, is taking it all in this spring, and hearing from a ton of schools, some that have offered, some that haven't...

San Ramon (Calif.) Dougherty Valley offensive lineman Kieffer Longson (6-7, 301) was one of the top three offensive linemen at the Oakland NFTC last Sunday.

We saw Longson at the same event last spring and then saw him play in the fall and he's continuing to blossom into a very good left tackle, playing much lower and aggressively over the course of the last year.

He's flexible and has good bend in the knees and keeps the feet moving the whole time.

On the recruiting front, Longson has offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Florida State, Missouri, Ohio State, San Jose State, Utah, Utah State and Washington State, but the Pac-12 schools who haven't offered spent a lot of time on his campus this spring.

"We've had a bunch of schools come by, like USC, UCLA, Oregon, a lot from the Pac-12 and then Ohio State came by," said Longson.

In fact, UCLA has been to see Longson a couple of times. UCLA assistant Angus McClure, whose recrutiing region is Northern California, just saw Longson at his high school Thursday.

Longson said that even though those Pac-12 schools haven't offered, they've been showing a bunch of interest.

"Recruiting me the hardest right now is probably Oregon, USC and UCLA," said Longson. "The ones that I have offers from are recruiting me hard, but those schools are recruiting me pretty hard too even without offering."

Longson visited UCLA and USC in the spring and also visited the Arizona schools and the Northwest schools.

"It was good to take the visits, but I don't have any more planned for now," said Longson.

Longson was pleased with his performance at the NFTC.

"It was awesome just going against people you normally wouldn't go up against and it makes you better in every way," said Longson.

Longson said he still plans to serve his LDS mission right after he graduates and he's been educating schools on it. While some programs might consider this a drawback, others, like UCLA, he said, have considered it a positive. UCLA indicated to Longson that they have limited scholarships for 2015, but that coming back in 2017 from his LDS Mission might be better, when UCLA certainly will have more scholarships.

"No school has ever said ‘never mind' when I told them, they really just want to know how it works and they're willing to work with it," said Longson.

A decision isn't in the near future.

"I'm still going to take some time and take my visits," said Longson.

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