Inexperienced TE Long garnering interest

One of the more active players on the camp scene this summer was junior tight end Darryl Long (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South). It did not result in any offers, but it went a long way in getting Long’s name out to coaches.

Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio and Ohio State all hosted Long for a camp this summer. He also was at the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus and participated in the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp in June.

The most recent stop came at the end of July for Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp.

“I thought I did real good,” the 6-foot-5, 217-pound Class of 2014 recruit said. “I did real good in the individual drills, and the Smokehouse [positional sprints], I thought I did real good.”

Illinois’ recruiter for Ohio, Alex Golesh, is on Long, and the Illini recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach spoke with Long while he camped in Champaign. He also showed Long around campus.

“The atmosphere at Illinois was cool. The music was playing, the coaches were hyped up,” Long said. “As a player, when you see the coaches get hyped it makes you even more hyped. I thought that was cool.”

Long also raved about Kentucky’s camp and enjoyed the campus.

There isn't film on Long at tight end as he spent all of last season as a defensive end. It was not until this offseason he began working as a tight end. His high school coach and offensive coordinator thought he could be a quality receiving threat, but he was too important along the defensive line to move.

Over the spring and summer months, Long worked out with a trainer and focused on tight end.

“I was working on the small things I could work on: route-running, crisp routes and getting my speed up and catching as many balls as I can,” Long said.

Akron, Ball State, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan and Michigan State are some of the programs showing the most interest in Long. He likes a few schools, but he is open to any program.

“I like Illinois and the schools showing me love, but I’m not trying to rule any schools out,” Long said. “I really like Michigan. You can’t go wrong with Ohio State.”