Older Longshore Gets Attention

While his younger brother, quarterback Nate, is getting quite a bit of recruiting attention, JC offensive line prospect <b>Nick Longshore</b> is beginning to also. Having played D-1 ball, he's eager to get back to a four-year school, and UCLA could be it...

UCLA has already gone the JC route for one offensive lineman, but another JC lineman who the Bruins have interest in is College of the Canyons (Calif.) Nick Longshore (6-5, 295).

The older brother of Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon High QB Nate Longshore, Nick is an older, more mature player, with Division I experience.

Longshore originally signed with CS Northridge out of high school and started as a true freshman at CSUN in 1999. He went on his Mormon mission and, while on his mission, found out the news about the Matador program.

"When I was on my mission, my parents sent me a letter and told me that CSUN dropped their football program. I had heard things like it might get dropped, some hints. But then when it did, it kind of changed things up for me. I didn't get to show off all my talents there so it was a fresh start."

Initially recruited by UCLA as a high school senior, Longshore was getting most of his interest from colleges as a tight end. When he moved from tight end to offensive line midway through his senior year, schools began to drop him. "I guess when then they weren't hearing about me making catches, and my stats stopping, they didn't think I was very good."

So Longshore signed with Northridge, where he played as a true frosh, and was expecting to come back after his mission and slide right back in. But when the program was dropped, he didn't panic. "I came back just before the 2002 season started, but it was too late to play at COC, so I sat it out, and was going to school. Now, we're ranked #1 in the nation at COC and schools are talking to my coaches again."

One of his coaches at COC is former Hart offensive coordinator, Dean Herrington. He is handling much of the recruitment for Longshore. "The coaches here at COC do a lot to promote us. It's their job to get us to 4-year schools and they do a great job at it."

As of now, Longshore is primarily hearing from two schools, UCLA and San Jose State. " UCLA coach (Gary) Bernardi was the one recruiting me when I was a senior, and he is recruiting me again. I like him a lot. When I was in high school, I was set on going to BYU, but some things happened, and Coach Bernardi was still there. If UCLA offered, I would probably jump all over it."

One thing that Longshore was somewhat looking forward to was playing with his brother Nate in college. "Nate and I are really close. He was hoping that UCLA would get more involved, but I really think that he and Coach (Jeff) Tedford had a special relationship and it may not have mattered. He is pretty set on Cal. I wouldn't mind playing there, but I would love to play at UCLA, too."

For now, Longshore is turning a lot of his attention to the Canyon-Hart matchup in the next couple weeks. With his brother playing for Canyon, and his offensive coordinator's brother coaching at Hart, there has been a lot of talking going on in the COC locker room, especially with so many ties to both schools on the team. "There have been a lot of jokes daily, who's going to win. I have a deal with the coaches that if Canyon beats Hart, I get a tackle eligible play. I told Nate the pressure is on. I'm going to get my pass here in the next few weeks."

Longshore projects to play left tackle when he leaves COC, but knows he could also play some guard. He plans to finish up at COC in December, then go to a 4-year school right away so he can participate in spring practice.

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