There are three letters woven into a tattoo on the left shoulder of receiver Sammie Long (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes): “F.O.E.”
The initials stand for “Family Over Everything,” a motto made popular by lineman Zach Banner, who is now preparing for his freshman year at USC.
While weighing his college options, Long wanted to make sure he could recreate that family feeling after high school. He found what he was looking for during his conversations with Washington’s coaching staff, prompting the 6-foot-4, 190-pound receiver to become the first member of the Huskies’ 2013 recruiting class in March.
“The whole coaching staff treats you like a family,” Long said. “I like the environment and I like how close it is to home.”
But while he remains committed to Washington, he continues to catch the attention of other college coaches, adding an offer from Utah earlier this week.
“I’m still committed to Washington, but I’m still going to do some research on Utah and explore my options,” Long said. “I’m looking where their academic prestige is. I’m also looking at where I’ll be on the depth chart.”
Since his verbal commitment, the Huskies have added a pair of receivers ranked in the ESPN 150 – No. 54 Darrell Daniels (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) and No. 73 Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) -- but Long said that won’t impact his decision.
“It’s exciting, because there’s more competition and it’s going to make us all better in the end,” Long said.