Austin Long reported, "I've been down there a couple of times. I built a good relationship with Coach Searles and Coach Richt. I just really like the whole environment down there and how Coach Searles coaches and handles his players. They came up to talk to me and really established a good relationship. Everything from the football team, the coaches, and the facilities it's just the place I want to be at."
He went on to say of the recruiting process, "It's calm down a lot, but it hasn't gone away. I still get letters everyday in the mail. I'm not getting as many phone calls, but plenty of letters."
For some prospects the early decision comes as a big relief. Long said, "It's definitely a load off. You're not having to worry about going places and checking stuff out. Getting on the internet to see and figure out where everyone is going."
Players like Long have taken on the role of helping Georgia and their recruiting class. He explained, "Aaron Murray and I have been talking to a lot of kids. We've been trying to Marlon Brown to come up to Georgia. I think we talk a couple times a day I text him. I'm going to concentrate mainly on my state, but Aaron Murray has the tight end Orson Charles and a couple of kids he is working on."
Long has also been able to get in touch with some of his future teammates. He commented, "I keep up with Chris Burnette often."
Georgia is sitting at 12 total commitments, but hopes to finish this fall with a top ten recruiting class. Long said of the class, "We've got a bunch of good athletes already. Hopefully we'll get Marlon Brown and have one of the top classes."
Now with the recruiting process out of the way Long is ready for his senior season. He explained, "I can't wait to finally have games. I'm ready for it to be here." Look for Long and his teammate Chris Campbell, 6-4, 195 pound quarterback, Southern Miss commitment, to have a big productive season in 2008.