Long Will Not Sign With UW

Lakes High School has been a fertile recruiting ground for Washington, with the two most productive receivers in Husky history having first been Lakes Lancers. Sammie Long, a 6-foot-4 receiver from Lakes was expected to follow the sizable footsteps of Reggie Williams and Jermaine Kearse, but after accepting a verbal offer from UW in March he's heard very little from his future college.

"All fall we haven't heard a word from them, so Sammie is moving to a place where he's focusing on the schools that are recruiting him and want him," said Lakes Head Coach Dave Miller, announcing that Long would not be taking an official visit to Washington. "He's going to one of the schools where he's wanted."

Long hasn't heard from the Washington coaches since August, and the last time Miller heard from UW Head Coach Steve Sarkisian was over a month ago after multiple calls were made to reach out to determine where Sammie stood with his scholarship. While UW has not taken their scholarship offer off the table, they have not set up an official visit for Sammie as of Wednesday. The lack of communication has forced Long's hand to the point where he's had to look at other options to make sure his future is covered.

The plan is to get Long into a situation where he will sign with a school February 6th. "If Signing Day happens and we haven't been able to get him feeling great about a fit, there's a possibility," Miller said. "But if he takes four or five trips I think he'll find a place where he fits and can continue to grow and develop."

Long will travel to Idaho this weekend, Eastern Washington next weekend and Colorado State the following weekend. Long has already been to Montana, where it sounds like he had a very good trip. His Lakes teammate Marquin Russell has already committed to the Griz and that may play a factor in Long's final decision.

"Utah is still trying to get him to come on a trip, and there's some other schools that are recruiting him that are trying to get him to come on a trip too," Miller said. "It's fluid right now because of the (lack of ) late notice that Washington has kind of put us into."

Long has offers from all the schools mentioned - Montana, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Colorado State, Utah - as well as Portland State. Miller said that one of those other schools currently evaluating Long is California. Lakes already has one receiver down there in 2012 prospect Cedric Dozier. "Now that we've put the word out that Sammie is available, there's schools that are re-evaluating," said Miller. "I think he'll have some other opportunities, and possibly within the Pac-12 as well.

"Like I told Sammie, he's still blessed to have some great schools that are interested in you, and any time you have schools that are going to pay you to get an education and give you an opportunity to play football - that's a blessing. You're not without anything. There's a lot of seniors out there that don't have anything. He's still got some great opportunities, and once he gets his mind wrapped around this thing and moves forward, he'll be fine."

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