MVP showing for Cougs' Spokane target

WASHINGTON STATE TALKED to him about both tight end and the defensive line when they offered a scholarship in the spring. Based on his recent MVP showing at the Cougars' summer camp, Gonzaga Prep standout Travis Long's best position at the college level might just be found down in the trenches cracking helmets.

Long isn't done growing yet. He's only 16 and checks in already at 6-5, 236 pounds. But it sounds like he looked the part of a seasoned defensive end at the Cougs' camp.

"We were doing some pass rushing stuff, some one on ones with the offensive linemen and I guess I did pretty well in that from what the coaches said. Chris Mastin and I were basically just running past everybody," said Long.

Note: Look for a CF.C article with Mastin, a WSU offeree from Spokane's Lewis & Clark High, on Wednesday.

Long got high marks from the WSU coaches, taking home one of the d-line MVP awards. And Long in turn had high praise for the WSU coaches.

"I thought the coaching staff was great. I saw a big difference and a big improvement from previous years being down there. I really like the coaching staff. I felt like there was more energy," said Long.

WASHINGTON STATE IS recruiting him the hardest, said Long, who has had some light contact from Arizona. And Boise State just recently offered.

"I don't really know much about (BSU). I'm going to see if I can try and get down there sometime this summer," said Long.

He's also stayed in touch with the Stanford tight ends coach recruiting him via email.

"After I gave them my film, they said they wanted to see more motors and going hard all the time," said Long.

Long, who has a 3.91 GPA, has long held Stanford in high regard but the Cardinal also looks to be fairly well stocked at the TE spot this class. They have three known verbals already at tight end, in Zach Ertz, Levine Toilolo and Ryan Hewitt.

FOR HIS PART, Long said he's in no hurry to make a decision but the Washington State camp experience, he said, was decidedly positive.

"I don't want to jump (too quickly), I want to take my time and think about it. But Washington State is definitely one of my top schools," said Long.

As a junior, Long was a second-team All-GSL linebacker this past season. His defensive end performance at the WSU camp along with his continued growth, however, mean a position change for his senior season -- he'll be putting his hand down and coming off the edge in '08. On offense, Long lines up at tight end/H-back. He is also a standout basketball player for G-Prep.

Long has two uncles and an aunt who are Cougars.

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