June 6, 2011

Southmoore speedster ready to camp

It doesn't take a long look at his vitals to figure out what has college football coaches interested in Moore (Okla.) running back Andrew Long. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder said he has been hand-timed at 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Just as impressive is his 4.5 electronic time.

"My speed is my strength," said the Southmoore running back. "I am not scared to run someone over if I have to. I am not very big but I can do it if I have to. I keep my feet moving, I am tough, I don't want to come off the field. I am tough. I like to stay out there and keep going."

Over the past two seasons Long has rushed for a total of 3,041 yards, had eight runs over 50 yards or more and averaged 8.5 yards per carry a year ago. He has also averaged 30 yards per kickoff return.

Thus far Long has a scholarship offer from Air Force but added he has been told by Navy and Colorado State that he would be offered if he attended their camps this summer. In addition to Navy and CSU, Long will attend camps at Stanford, Tulsa, Oklahoma State and potentially Louisiana Tech.

Long said he is getting some interest from the in-state schools - Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa - and contact from Colorado State is something he has gotten used to. Over the past year, Long has heard more about CSU from former Southmoore High School offensive lineman and current Ram, Mason Myers.

"I've been hearing from (CSU) since my freshman year," Long said. "They were going to offer me two years ago when I went to their camp. I ended up tearing a hamstring and wasn't healthy enough to go to the camp. I get a lot of mail for them. I get to see the coaches when they come through our school too.

"Mason likes it up there," he continued. "He said they like me a lot and one of their coaches said if I can get up to their camp, they would offer me up."

Long said a strong academic program will be the driving force for his decision. Long, who carries a 3.7 grade-point average, said he also knows what he is looking for in a football program.

"Academics, are important to me," Long said. "I am going to prepare myself for when I graduated. I want to have good academic support. After that it is the football stuff. I want to have good facilities, I want to get to play early. I don't have a problem redshirting if I can put on some size, but I would love to play early. The coaching staff - I want to be able to be friends with them and get along with the players. Then, it is the living conditions like the dorms and what they have to offer."

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