Long talks about Husky commitment

Since he arrived at Washington, head coach Tyrone Willingham has felt his secondary needed more bodies as well as more speed. The Huskies got one of the former and plenty of the latter when St. Bernard (Playa del Rey, Ca.) CB Adam Long committed to the Dawgs last week and the physically gifted and speedy cover man from souther California talked recently about his decision.

"I called coach Willingham and I just told him I wanted to make the whole deal official and (Washington) is the place I wanted to go," Long told Dawgman.com on Tuesday. "He sounded like he was happy for my decision and it sounded like he was waiting for me to make my decision for a while and he was just happy that I decided I wanted to go there.

"After my visit and talking with the coaches and meeting the players I just realized it was the place I wanted to go. I realized it was a great place to go to school and play football.

"It took a lot of stress off my shoulders because I had a lot of different places calling me and wanting to know what my decision was going to be on where I went to school, but the more I thought about it the more I realized Washington was where I wanted to go."

Long's said teammate Greg Walker, who is also a Husky-commit, was also excited that his friend was headed north as well.

"Greg is excited for me," Long said. "We can play on the same team again and it will be an interesting and great experience for us because we're leaving home, but we get to play together and be there for each other."

The Huskies want Long to play corner, using his 10.5 100 meter speed and his excellent quickness to make plays in their secondary.

Long finished the 2007 season with over 50 tackles, over 10 passes defensed and three interceptions while wracking up over 1,000 yards and 20 scores on the ground.

"They want me to play corner and that's perfect for me because it's my favorite position," Long said. "I'm a cover guy, but I can hit too."

For the next several weeks, Long will be in training for his track season where he plans to run the 100 and 400 as well as his staple - the 200.

"I'm getting ready for my track season to get started," Long said. "I think it starts in about a month, so I'm just working out and getting ready for that and then getting myself ready to play for the Huskies next season.

"My best 200 time is a 21.2, but I want to get that down to a 20.9 or maybe a little less than that."

Long chose Washington over offers from California, Oregon State and UCLA while receiving heavy interest from Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona.

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