David Long pays USC a visit

On Tuesday David Long made time to check out USC and meet with the coaches.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola four-star cornerback David Long stopped by USC on Tuesday to chat with the Trojan coaching staff.

Long, who holds a scholarship offer from USC, wasn't able to attend any of the recent or upcoming Trojan football camps.

“Well I couldn’t get out last Saturday and I couldn’t make it to Rising Stars [Camp] because I had stuff to do for my school," he said. "I didn’t have anything to do today so I thought it would be easier if I stopped by.”

While Steve Sarkisian welcomes talent from all over the country on Wednesday and Thursday for the Rising Stars Camp, Long will be down in San Diego working out with Navy Seals.

"Our football team will be there for 24 hours," he said. "They put us through what it’s like to being a Navy Seal. USC did it a while back but I think they went to Joshua Tree, which is kind of another level. UCLA did the one that we’re doing tomorrow."

While at USC, Long was able to meet with three members of the defensive coaching staff.

“I spoke with Coach [Peter] Sermon, Coach [Keith] Heyward, and Coach [Justin] Wilcox,” Long said. “I talked to them about a lot of stuff. We talked about how I would fit in if I were to come to USC, just about how well-rounded USC is, as far as academics, social life, and other things.”

During the visit the USC coaches explained to Long how he would fit into their system.

"I looked at the board, the depth chart is something that you think about, but I know that I have to compete," he said. "Coach Sermon just said that he thinks I’m the type of guy, you know my attitude, my demeanor and the way I compete, and he thinks that I would gel with the group that they have right now."

As far as the highlight of the visit, linebacker coach Peter Sirmon was the most memorable for Long.

“He just showed me some different perspectives about how to get the situation as far as school," he said. "[We] just had a normal talk, not just about recruiting but just about taking advantage in general.”

Long's former teammate, incoming freshman defensive lineman Christian Rector, has been on campus the past couple of weeks.

“I stopped by and said hello to him," Long said. "I told him if I didn’t find a ride that I’d come hang out, but that I’d probably be gone by the time he was done with his meetings.”

Long has been busy all spring and summer on the seven-on-seven passing circuit.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to compete and get better," he said. "For defense I think it’s definitely more challenging, but I love it. It allows me to really touch up on things that I can’t do or it’s a little bit harder to do with pads on. Mainly during seven-on-seven season I try and work on everything that I think I struggle with or that I think I need help with.

"So whether that’s steps, or ball skills, or just going out there and competing and being an athlete, I love the seven-on-seven circuits."

On the recruiting front, Long is simply taking it all in and isn't rushing into any decisions.

“I’m just waiting and trying to let everything develop.”

Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for more on one of the top defensive backs in California.


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