Long talks SEC interest

David Long Jr. has accumulated seven Pac-12 offers, but Vanderbilt is hoping they can lure the 6-foot, 178-pound junior athlete out of California for college. Although the Commodores have yet to extend an offer, Long tells VandyMania.com that they may be close to doing so after they came to see him showcase his skill at Loyola High School in the Los Angeles area this past spring.

"Vanderbilt is the only SEC school I've been talking to on a regular basis," Long said. "They were actually the first school to come by my high school during the spring evaluation period. Coach Lubick came back for a passing tournament we had. He said that he really likes me and was going to talk to his staff and push for an offer. I've been getting offers as a athlete but Coach Lubick said he likes me at wide receiver with my downhill speed and ability to create separation.

"I like Vanderbilt a lot. It's one of the few SEC schools that have really good academics. They also have produced some great wide receivers. Coach Lubick, himself, coached Andre Johnson of the Texans."

Long began his high school career at Bishop Alemany, but transferred to Loyola as a sophomore. He sat out the mandatory six game then came on strong in the Cubs last four games of the season. At Loyola, Long has had the opportunity to work with Marvin Sanders, who has coaches secondary units at Nebraska, his alma mater, North Carolina, and USC.

"It was kind of weird having to sit out last year and then getting thrown in the last part of the season," he stated. "Coach Sanders is a great coach. He's the head coach but he works very closely with the defense and mainly the defensive backs. I've improved my press technique and being more patient. I'd like to find a college that runs a similar defensive scheme with a lot of press and man coverage."

Earlier in the spring, Long received his first offer from Arizona State. Many of the Pac-12 soon followed with offers as have Miami (Fla.) and Nebraska. Long says he's warming up to the idea of going away for college.

"I've been down south," said Long. "I have family there. If I went for college they'd definitely be a period of adjustment, but it's something I'd consider. I could see myself leaving California. I haven't really broken my recruiting yet. I'm still open because I'm still hearing from schools like that may offer. I've received hand-written letters from Tennessee and Missouri. I'm hearing from new schools all the time. I do like a passing offense that distributes the ball evenly to their wide receivers."

Loyola is the oldest high school in Southern California. USC has done well through the years bringing in Cub players. Last year, the Trojans signed Chris Brown and this year they received a commitment from Christian Rector. Long, however, could be the exception. He took unofficial visits to USC, UCLA, and Stanford this summer but says he'll take some out-of-state visits next year.

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