Cougs working hard for G-Prep talent

SPOKANE IS HOME to one future Cougar already from the '09 class in Chris Mastin, and among the other Lilac City crimson targets is Travis Long. The 6-5, 244-pounder took in a recent Cougar practice and talks Wazzu, recruiting and on another Pac-10 school recently increasing their recruiting efforts towards the Gonzaga Prep standout.

Long, who was at WSU last week with future Cougar Aaron Dunn, spent most of his time watching Malik Roberson and the Cougar defensive line.

"It was good. I wanted to see what it would be like in a practice setting with all the coaches," said Long. "They were constantly moving, there was no standing around.

"Stuff was getting done."

Long, who says the Cougs continue to recruit the hardest, said he has also formed a bond with WSU co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball.

"It just looked like the coaches were really enthusiastic and we really getting into it...I talked a little bit with Malik and also with coach Ball, he's a good guy I like him a lot," said Long.

ARIZONA STATE IS now showing Long more of the recruiting love, area recruiting coach Gregg Smith visited during the May Evaluation period. The Sun Devils haven't offered and are asking Long to wait before making his decision.

"They said they liked me as a football player, they want to see what else I can do during the season. They don't want me to make an early decision or anything," said Long.

In addition to his WSU offer, Long holds one from Boise State and while he said he wasn't able to get out to Boise this summer, he's been in regular email contact with the Broncos.

Long said he hasn't talked to Stanford in a while, but says his coach is keeping in contact with the Cardinal staff. Stanford was recruiting Long as a tight end but currently lists five known verbals who are listed as tight ends -- Zach Ertz, Levine Toilolo, Brock Sanders, Jordan Najvar and Ryan Hewitt.

"It's mainly just trying to keep in touch with those two schools (WSU and BSU) right now," said Long.

LONG IS A big body who doesn't appear to be done growing, he could play either on the defensive line or at tight end at the next level. Does he have a preference?

"Not really," said Long. "I like defense a lot, but I just like playing football.

"Coach Ball is kind of recruiting me for defensively but coach (TE's coach Rich) Rasmussen, he's kind of recruiting me too," said Long.

Long said earlier he wanted to take his time and make sure of his decision and that continues to be the case. When a verbal commitment might come, in the early part of the season or the latter half, that's hard to say, said Long.

"I'd like to go a couple games into the season probably (at least), show them what I can do my senior year," said Long.

Long has two uncles and an aunt who are Cougars.

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