Long flying high following Wazzu official

SPOKANE'S TRAVIS LONG this past weekend out on the Palouse had a number of what he said were very good conversations -- both with the WSU coaches and with the other recruits on their official trips. There was, said the Gonzaga Prep all-state defensive end, a belief amongst the coaches and recruits present that it was not going to take long to get WSU back to competing for conference championships.

DE Travis Long, (6-5, 244)   
Spokane, Wash., Gonzaga Prep

Gut reaction on his official visit to WSU:
"Overall, it went very, very well. I was really impressed and I had a great time. Overall, it was very positive," said Long.

Getting the program back to winning ways:
"My roommate was Darren Markle from Mountain View. But I also talked to Gino Simone a lot, we had some good conversations... It just seemed like all the guys there that were committed had the same belief as the coaches did -- that it's not going to take long to get this program back on top," said Long.

Bonding with Paul Wulff and defensive line coach Malik Roberson:
"My parents and I had a pretty long conversation with coach Wulff, which was very good, very informative. It let me know more about him as a coach. And then coach Roberson and I, we had a really great conversation with just the two of us. Those were the main two coaches I really bonded with a lot this weekend," said Long.

Parents' take on the crimson experience:
"My mom really loved the coaching staff. She also really likes the BSU coaching staff. But she got to spend some good time with the WSU coaches' wives and things like that. I think both my parents were very impressed with their academic record out there at WSU, like their graduation rate of football players and things like that," said Long.

Is WSU thinking tight end or defensive end on Long?:
"They definitely have been saying defensive end. And I really enjoy playing defense," said Long.

What's next:
Long said the BSU coach Chris Petersen had been scheduled to come by this week for an in-home but he asked to push that out, wanting to take some time to step back and evaluate things and with everything going on with basketball right now. He said he did not have a set timetable for making his decision.

Busy with hoops:
"We're 3-0 right now, have a game against Shadle (today), Friday against Mead and Saturday against Rogers. So we play a few games this week, but things are looking good...I'm playing some really good defense right now and I guard some of the better players, guys that are more athletic. I'm not scoring as much, I'm only averaging about 11 points, but we have other guys to do that. And I get a lot of assists to them. I enjoy getting after it and getting those hustle points," said Long, who plays power forward for G-Prep.

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