February 16, 2011

Black Knights have an eye on talented junior

The combination of 2010 and 2011 are two of the most talented recruiting classes ever assembled by Army, at least on paper.

Although the Black Knights did an outstanding job in recruiting quality talent at running back during that two year stretch, the shift has moved to 2012.

Hence the staff is making sure to keep an eye on the future as well as things begin to unfold for the 2012 class.

One 2012 prospect that has already caught Army's attention is eye is 5-foot-9, 175 pound Moore (OK) Southmoore High School running back Andrew Long..

The speedy back spoke with GoBlackKnights.com about the early developments in his recruitment.

Long is a talented running who can break open a game with just one run and who has already heard from several quality programs.

"I'm hearing from Iowa State, UCLA, Arizona, Air Force, Army, Stanford, Tulsa, Colorado, OU and Colorado State … they are all sending me mail and stuff," he shared.

Long was quick to point out that when it comes to the Black Knights of Army, he will be exercising due diligence when it comes to finding out more about Army football and West Point. "I have to look at everything and weigh my options. For me it's about the coaching staff, a chance to play early and finding out more about West Point.

Long is an explosive and elusive running who can either avoid, run through at times and around the defender. "I can be physical when I have to be but I rather out run a guy," says Long, who says his father has already designated his style as Welker like.

"My dad thinks I play like a Wes Welker type guy. But I rather see myself running like Adrian Peterson … but I'm definitely not like 6-foot-2," Long laughs as he thinks about his height comment.

In addition to football, the speedster also participates in both track and power-lifting

In track he runs the 100M, 4x100 along with the 4x400. "My favorite is the open 100 and I dropped a 10.4," states the prospect from Oklahoma, who is looking to make it to the state championship in 2011.

"I didn't get to run in the state championship because I had a pulled hamstring," he says ... noting that he has one more chance to do so.

What is Long looking for when narrowing down his list of school?

"I'm looking to make sure they have a good coaching staff, an opportunity to play early in my career and if I play running back … well, I want it to be a running team," he states.

"Also, I would like to know that there is academic support if I needed some assistance."

So is Long inclined to attend school on the other side of the country? "Distance doesn't really matter to me it really comes down to what is going to be best for me."


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