UCLA, Notre Dame and Michigan Pushing hHard for Stanford Commit David Long

Dec. 1 -- With the contact period starting up Monday, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola athlete David Long will have several colleges visiting him over the next few weeks...

Stanford commit David Long remains a Cardinal pledge but is still open to other colleges. 

He has visited Michigan and Notre Dame and has several other programs on his short list. The Irish and Duke came in for home visits on Monday and Michigan will be coming in on Thursday.

"UCLA has been coming on real strong too and Coach Mora could be coming for a home visit later this week," Long said. "I've been to USC a lot lately as well and I love the hiring of Coach Helton. I've liked USC since my sophomore year but I had some questions about how the players were developing.

"I'm comfortable with the guys on the team and I just want to see how the rest of the staff fills out but I definitely plan to give them a look. I like Washington quite a bit as well. I've always liked them and Coach Lake is one of the best developers of talent out there. Plus they want to use me on special teams too and they have been recruiting me really hard so I might try and set up an official visit there later this month before the dead period."

As for his commitment to Stanford, Long said he's not ready to back off it but is genuinely interested in other programs.

"The time I've had waiting for admissions to approve me has given me a chance to explore all my options," Long said. "I wouldn't have had that chance or even thought of other schools otherwise so it has kind of been nice to look around and make sure I'm doing the right thing.

"I feel I may have committed a little too early so I'm taking the time now to make sure I'm doing the right thing. Stanford is definitely recruiting me hard and showing me they want me. I just want to make sure the school I pick is the place that can use me the best and it could be that I fit in better at other programs. 

"I want to go somewhere that I'll be able to enjoy myself and also lay the ground work for life after football. I'm still planning to take my official visit to Stanford in early January but like I said, I'm just taking a second opportunity right now to make sure Stanford really is the best option for me."

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