ESPN 300 speedster David Long is an electric prospect who brings a unique playmaking ability to Palo Alto. His footspeed and athleticism may allow him to contribute immediately as a return man for the Stanford Cardinal.
What he brings: He is lean and wiry, with athletic flexibility and plays much bigger than his 5-foot-10 height. He is feisty and competitive with quickness and top-end speed to boot. Shifty, sudden and explosive in a short area. Is a guy that can win footraces and run people down. Has tremendous ball skills. He has soft, reliable hands and plucks with ease. He has a lot of big-play flair and will make plays with the ball in his hands after an interception or as a return specialist.
How he fits: Long is a much more explosive player than what Stanford fans have seen from the Cardinal in recent years. He adds much needed speed to the skill corps. We would not be surprised to see him make a quick impact as a return man early. Can play slot, outside, nickel and corner on the perimeter. Is comfortable in many roles and particularly confident on defense. Return game promise here as well.
Reminds us of: Kermit Whitfield, FSU. Whitfield was one of those guys coming out of high school who could have legitimately played any skill spot and has made a name for himself in the return game. We feel the same way about Long’s versatility.
How the class is shaping up: Stanford currently sits at No. 13 in our 2016 class rankings. The Cardinal continue to quietly be a top national recruiting program, with commitments from players in six states, headlined by the nation's No. 3-ranked tight end, Kaden Smith. No. 1-ranked pocket passer K.J. Costello was a huge win for David Shaw and staff after not signing a QB in 2015. ESPN 300 Clark Yarbrough is another athletic offensive tackle headed to Palo Alto. Cornerback is key for Stanford in 2016, and four-star Nygel Edmonds has helped meet that need. ESPN 300 defensive tackle Mike Williams was a big win in Texas over Lone Star State powers.