Austin Long, 6-5.5, 270 pound offensive tackle from Memphis-Briarcrest reported of his team's upcoming game, "We play Evangelical Christian School. We are in the playoffs but if we win on Friday will be the number two seed in our region."
It will be a big game for Long and his teammates because it will make the difference between playing at home in the first round or traveling to the Nashville area. He said, "It is the first time we have been to the playoffs in four years. I think if we win Friday we will play Franklin-Battle Ground Academy, who beat us earlier in the year on our homecoming, so I can't wait to get some payback." Long said of he obvious excitement of the playoffs, "We are playing football in the colder weather and hopefully we make the state and everything works out."
Long, who has been a commitment to Georgia for quite some time, is also anticipating this week's big game between the Bulldogs and the Florida Gators. He commented, "It is the biggest game of the year in the SEC. I can't wait to see how both teams react with what happened last year with the celebration." Although he does not plan to be at the game Long will have a Bulldog cheering section going in Memphis. He said, "I think we are going to watch it at my house and have some people over."
For many players, fans, and recruits this game has brought up the memory of last year's game where the Bulldogs received an excessive celebration penalty early in the game when the entire team celebrated in the end zone. Long said of the penalty, "When I first saw it last year I thought it was a in your face deal. Now I think it was smart and everyone took it the wrong way. I thought it was pretty cool."
The Bulldogs have put together a solid class at this point and are strategically looking to add a few more top pieces including Memphis-Harding Academy wide receiver Marlon Brown. Long, a fellow player from the Memphis area has been trying to help the cause. He explained of Brown's status, "I think we are definitely in his top five if not top three. He told me he is coming back in December for a basketball game, but when he went down there with me for the Alabama game he seemed to really like it."
This recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the top in the country with players like Austin Long leading the way. For the Bulldogs they have landed a special player in Long, who is working with fellow commitment Aaron Murray to help win over a few other players before National Signing Day. Long said of the recruiting class, "I think it's going to be one of the top recruiting classes if not the top class. I think if we get Marlon Brown or another top recruit."