Gonzaga Prep TE/DE lands crimson offer

SPOKANE WAS ONE of the first stops earlier this week for Cougar coaches on the recruiting trail for the May Evaluation period and the Lilac City now boasts a pair of crimson offerees, the latest being an athletic TE/DE with, in the words of his former prep coach, great hands and long arms.

Travis Long (6-5, 236) is only 16 and he may not be done growing. He received word of the WSU offer early this week.

"I think it was Monday, my coach told me about it," said Long.

Long has been in contact with the Cougar coaches for a while now, and has an unofficial visit to the Palouse upcoming.

"I've called coach (Jody) Sears and coach (Chris) Ball and talked with both of them," said Long. "I think I'm going to go down to Washington State sometime next week with my parents.

"I really liked them, I've never met them (face-to-face) but they seemed like good guys. I liked what they were saying about the program, that they're getting back to what we used to and recruiting guys out of Washington more."

LONG SAID THE Cougs can see him on either offense or defense at the next level.

"Coach Ball just said they liked the way I play," said Long. "They mentioned tight end but coach Ball said they like me on defense, too."

"Travis is super athletic," retiring G-Prep head coach Dave Carson recently told Cougfan.com. "I think he'll be a tight end in college because he has great hands and long arms. But with a little more weight he'd also make an outstanding defensive end. I know WSU really likes him."

LONG, WHO HOLDS a 3.91 GPA, was at Stanford earlier this spring to drop off tape and take a tour of the school. Washington State, he said, is recruiting the hardest.

"I've only really talked to two schools, Obviously I'm pretty excited about getting an offer from Washington State," said Long. "Stanford if they showed interest, that's a great education, so..."

Most Spokane prospects are very familiar with Washington State but Long is particularly well versed -- two uncles and an aunt are Cougars.

"Washington State I've had family got there and they just loved the experience, and I'd be close to my family so they could come and watch me hopefully. With Stanford, it's an amazing school and they have an awesome campus and nice facilities so what's not to like about it."

Long said he's in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'll just have to see what I get offered before the season starts and then I might make up my mind. If I don't get many offers, then I might go through the season and then decide," said Long.

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