B2G ELITE: USC on the Long list

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif — David Long arrived at the B2G Elite Camp Thursday with a final list of college choices.

Shortly after a stellar performance at The Opening Regional in Oakland, Loyola four-star cornerback David Long was at the B2G Elite Camp with a list of 10 college choices.

“I had originally decided on eight schools, but there were a couple of other school I really wanted to look into, so I got caught up in that and made it a list of 10,” said Long. “I can always make cuts after I take visits and see each school. I

“I didn’t want to put my foot in my mouth, so I decided to go with this 10.”

Long’s 10 finalists are Oregon, Washington, USC, UCLA, Michigan, Duke, Oklahoma, Stanford, Wisconsin and Notre Dame — in no discernible order.

USC, a childhood favorite of Long’s, was also one of the last schools among his top 10 to offer him a scholarship.

“USC is close to home, I know a lot of guys on the team,” said Long. “If I went to USC, it would also be the third year in a row a Loyola guy went to USC. I also know and I’m comfortable with the coaching staff.

“I’ve always known a lot about USC and have had interest in the schools. I’ve been around a lot of their players and played with them. They’re like family to me with some of them also being from Pasadena.

“When I got the offer it was just like them letting me know there were mutual feelings of interest. Nothing has really changed since the offer.”

Long has been invited to the Rising Stars Camp later this month, but he remains unsure whether he will attend. With a possible decision coming this summer, the USC coaching staff is working hard to make sure Long knows he is a priority recruit.

“They’re definitely focusing on me knowing the players at USC and knowing what they do,” said Long. “I’ve actually known Coach (Keith) Heard since my freshman year when he was at Washington.

“Mainly, they say don’t count them out. They tell me about the top signing class they had last year and they talk about the type of player they think I can be in their system.”

Long could make a decision mid to late summer, but he notes he has no definite plans to commit before September.

“That’s based on what I’m able to see during the summer from the schools on my list,” said Long. “If I can see enough, I’ll bump my date up and make a commitment.

“If I can’t see what I want to see from these schools, then I’ll wait and take my officials and go from there.”

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