Long On Bruins' Short List

Jan. 12 -- The Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola 2016 athlete, David Long, was one of UCLA's first offerees in his class...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola 2016 receiver David Long (5-11, 178) took in the U.S. Army Combine and enjoyed the time in San Antonio.

“It was a really good experience for me,” said Long. “It was a little colder than I thought it would be but being around a lot of athletes was good for me.”

Long can play on either side of the ball, but said receiver is his preference, though he’ll work in corner all spring.

“Schools like me as a corner or receiver,” said Long. “At the combine, I started out as a receiver but worked in at corner. Right now, though, I’m pretty undecided. I’m comfortable at both positions. Receiver has been naturally for me, but I’ve learned to play both positions. This was really my first year playing corner.”

Long boasts offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Duke, Miami, Nebraska, New Mexico, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State but said a few were standing out to him.

“UCLA, Duke, Washington, Cal and Arizona State are standing out to me a little more,” said Long.

Notre Dame and USC have also been in regular contact with Long and he thinks the Trojans could be offering him soon.

Long took in games at UCLA, USC and Washington this season.

“I went to a lot of UCLA games this year,” said Long. “I live right by the Rose Bowl and Coach KP (Kennedy Polamalu) coached me last year. Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and Coach Yarbs (Eric Yarber) are the ones recruiting me. They like me as an athlete.”

Long was in Seattle to see the Huskies play Oregon State in November.

“Coach (Jimmy) Lake really wants me for the defensive side of the ball, but when I went up there, Coach (Brent) Pease and Coach (Chris) Petersen said I could play either way,” said Long. “Everything was great up there and was redone. Then they capped the visit with a W.”

Long thinks USC could be closing in on an offer too.

“I’ve speaking to USC a lot but I’m not too sure when they’ll offer, but I feel like it could happen soon,” said Long.

With over a year to go until he’ll make a decision, Long said he plans to take all the time he needs.

“I’ll go through the process and take all of my visits,” said Long.

Long plans to play on the 7v7 circuit this spring with BBT Athletics, with a number of other teammates from Loyola.

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