David Long Talks Wisconsin Offer

Four years after watching Wisconsin play in the Rose Bowl, Los Angeles Loyola cornerback David Long now holds an offer from the Badgers after defensive coordinator Dave Aranda offered him Thursday.

Approaching 20 offers, Los Angeles Loyola cornerback David Long has a simple process when dealing with his college recruitment: no offer or meeting with a coach equals little to no interest. Considering his mailbox gets stuffed almost daily with recruiting questionnaires and information mailers, it’s the simplest way to go.

“I wait until they reach out to me because (the mail) is so general,” Long told Scout.com. “Until a coach comes up to me and shows interest, that’s when I’ll return (interest) … The mail is really picking up lately. I’ve been getting more mail than I’ve usually got. It’s really getting ridiculous.”

On Thursday the University of Wisconsin went from the recycle bin to in the conversation for the 6-0, 175-pound Long, as defensive coordinator Dave Aranda surprised him with a scholarship offer.

“He said he watched my film and knew my head coach (Marvin Sanders) from when he worked at Nebraska,” said Long. “He talked with him a little bit, they watched my film and he really liked me a lot. He said he really liked what I have to bring, and they see me being a great defensive back.”

While admitting he hadn’t any prior in-person contact with the Badgers’ staff, Long is not a stranger to Wisconsin’s program. He does watch some Big Ten football on television but says the Badgers made an impression on him when they played TCU in the 2011 Rose Bowl. Living just a short distance from Pasadena, Long was impressed with the program before even entering the stadium.

“I live in the area, within walking distance of the Rose Bowl, and when they do come down, you definitely can tell they have a great fan base,” said Long. “They definitely had a lot of fans come down. I was at the game and watched a lot of their games.

“I get to see a lot of the local schools or hear a lot about schools like Oregon with their gimmicks and speed, so it’s nice to see schools like Wisconsin. It’s kind of eye opening what they bring to the table and see a different type of football. I don’t get a lot of exposure to Big Ten football. It’s different type of game than Pac-12 football.”

Rated a four-star recruit, the No.16 cornerback in the country and the No.225 overall prospect by Scout.com, Long was a true definition of a shutdown corner as a junior. He registered no interceptions because teams simply refused to throw to his side of the field. When a player did challenge him, like four-star receiver Desean Holmes, he said he limited him to two 10-yard slants.

“That’s about the most anybody got on me last year,” said Long.

Sitting at 19 offers, including Arizona, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington, Long said he plans to cut his list down in the summer after the evaluation period.

“I don’t want to close things out and lock out a potential school I could maybe go to,” said Long.

Currently running track, Long said he’ll schedule in-school visits around his workout schedule so he can meet with them. He expects Aranda to visit him in the next few weeks.

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