<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Proud to announce that I will further my education and football career at Stanford University! <a href="http://t.co/XbO3IA4u12">pic.twitter.com/XbO3IA4u12</a></p>— David Long Jr. (@dee_knowz) <a href="https://twitter.com/dee_knowz/status/629324091783131136">August 6, 2015</a></blockquote>
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The search for the perfect fit is finally done for David Long Jr. Long announced, through twitter, he will be joining the Stanford Cardinal for the next four years of his football career. He becomes the eighth 4-star recruit to commit and brings Stanford closer to being a top 10 recruiting class (#12). Long had an astounding 23 offers from schools such as: Duke, Oregon, Washington, USC, and UCLA. Long reigns from Los Angeles and attended Loyola high school, which is the same high school Anthony Barr (UCLA) attended. As the top defensive back prospect in the state of California, Long has earned the right to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. Be sure to check him out during the game because this kid is the real deal.
Coming into high school Long was actually a receiver. He played his first two years of high school ball as an offensive weapon and then he started playing both sides of the ball. He said in an interview with Damon Sayles of Bleacherreport he:
"loves the move [from receiver to cornerback]...I can look at a receiver now and tell what type of route he's going to run".
That is an impressive skill to have especially with all the high-octane offenses and great receivers within the PAC-12.
There is a reason why Long was named defensive back MVP in the Oakland regional of The Opening. He is blazing fast. With a time of 4.4 in the 40-yard dash he can immediately kick his speed into gear. At the 21 second mark in Long's 2014-2015 Hudl highlights, Long is 10 yards behind his running back and he starts running to become his lead blocker. He out runs his teammate within seconds and takes out a couple of defensive players in that process. In his defensive highlights he is all over the receivers, they have no breathing room and he can run with them even if they have a 5-yard head start. Also he can catch because he was a receiver. He has an amazing one-handed grab in the same Hudl footage and having those kind of hands as a corner will be an added bonus. Being a fast ball hawk is a dangerous corner and hopefully he will become just that. Dangerous.
Here are Long's junior year highlight's courtesy of Hudl:
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