July 4, 2011

Early enrolee, Long, wants to make decision ASAP

Louisiana Tech loses both of its primary running backs after the season and will be looking to fill those shoes by signing a running back in February. In rare cases, a school can get a high school player enrolled early enough for spring practice.

This might just be the case for Andrew Long a 3-star rated running back from Southmoore High School in Moore, Okla.

Long reports an ACT score of 20 and a GPA over a 3.5. Long wants to raise his ACT to a 24 or 25. He is undecided on a major as of now.

Long has a tangible strength to his game when it comes to speed, but his other strengths are mostly intangible.

"Probably my speed and leadership ability are my biggest strengths. Also my ability to be tough and persevere when the chips are down," he said of his strengths.

Most schools want Long to play running back but he is willing to play whatever position he is needed.

Long has been to Tulsa and Stanford's camps. He went to Oklahoma State and Tulsa's junior days. Long plans on camping at Colorado State on July 30th and he says it will be his last camp.

His recruiter from Louisiana Tech is Tommy Spangler but the 3-star running back says basically the whole staff is recruiting him.

"All the coaches because the first guy I ever talked to was Coach Spangler," said Long.

He received nine hand written letters from Tech the other day he said.

"[The letters] say that [the coaches] want me to come out there and they want to talk to me about how good of a fit I would be in their program," Long said of the letters.

Long then talked about what he likes about each of his offers.

Louisiana Tech: "I know they're a running team. They gave their running backs over 400 touches last year. Also, they told me they are losing both of their running backs next year so they're going to need a new guy to fill their shoes."

Air Force: "I like the fact that I fit their profile. I like what their academics have to offer. I like that I would have a high paying job when I graduate and I could be a pilot. They have a lot of cool things at the Academy that a lot of people don't know. It's kind of hard to turn down but I am still waiting on other things right now."

Long says he wants to make his decision as soon as possible but is waiting a little bit longer to see what offers he can get.

Long will be visiting Tech during a game during the season.

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