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Long Rising Fast Among 2012 OL

With three consecutive offensive line classes that figure

to inject the Texas football program with talent and depth over the next few

seasons, it would be easy to say the 2012 offensive line class won’t need to be

a huge priority. In college football however, a team can never be too deep

along the offensive line and thus the Longhorns have already started to

evaluate some of the state’s top 2012 line prospects, including a sure-fire

Division I prospect in Edna’s Mac Long.
Early recruiting starts for the best of the best in

Texas, but when you’re a top prospect on the offensive line things can get

started even earlier. That’s the boat Long is in right now as the 6-foot-4,

275-pounder already has verbal offers in tow from Houston and Texas Tech with

interest from several of the region’s top schools, including Texas.

Long, who measured at 6-4.5 at a recent Houston camp,

said getting the verbal offers has been a nice surprise this summer. Edna head

coach Mike Pierce told Long he had something in store for him prior to his

recent visit to Houston, and his head coach was right.

“I went up there and Coach Pierce said the coaches had

told him they had a few surprises for me and it was a big surprise,” Long said.

“When I got home I called them and they verbally offered.”

It wasn’t too long after that when Long, who had 37

pancake blocks and didn’t allow a sack as a sophomore starter, picked up his

first Big 12 offer as Texas Tech came calling. Long said he was certainly

surprised to hear from the Red Raiders, let alone get an offer that will become

a written offer when Long and the rest of the 2012 class can begin receiving

official, written offers on Sept. 1.

“About four days later I got in contact with the Tech

coaches,” Long said. “I called them and they had an offer for me. It’s been an

amazing experience so far.”

One school that hasn’t verbally offered Long to this

point is Texas, but the Longhorns are certainly interested at this stage of the

game. Long’s coaches got a visit this spring from Texas assistant coach Oscar

Giles, who invited Long to camp this summer.

Long accepted the invitation and attended Texas’ June 13

minicamp. He isn’t getting overexcited about the interest from Texas, but Long

said it’s good to know that he’s on the radar.

“Coach Giles came down to the school in the spring and

invited me to the camp,” Long said. “I went and it was a great experience. To

even get interest from a place like Texas lets me know that I can play at that

level. It’s going to be fun to see what kind of interest they have going

forward.”

Long said at this point in the process he’s wide open

when it comes to naming favorites, but he does have three that standout. In

addition to the Longhorns, Long also favors Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

As far the Longhorns go, Long said he likes the fact that

Texas is as much of a consistent winner as you’ll find in the country.

“Texas plays great ball,” Long said. “They’re good all

the time.”

Long also likes what he’s seen from the Aggies and the

Red Raiders as well. He’s visited Tech for a camp and he took a visit to

College Station for the Aggies’ linemen camp the weekend of the 7-on-7 state

tournament.

“Texas A&M is a college town,” Long said. “That’s a

town I like. Texas Tech plays good ball and they run a good offense – I like

the spread.”

A physical lineman with good feet, Long said he’s

comfortable playing in the spread just as much as he is playing in a downhill

running scheme. Long said he doesn’t have a preference as to what scheme he

blocks in at the next level because he said the Edna coaches do a good job of

teaching their linemen how to block a variety of different schemes.

He also continues to work on his versatility, which could

up his value tremendously as a prospect.

“I like to do both because my team, we run the spread and

we pound the ball,” Long said. “I’m working on my technique and my flexibility

right now.”

This fall Edna will make be moving into a new district as

they will play in District 14-2A Division I in the new split division alignment

in Class 2A. Long said he and his teammates have their sights set high and

despite having to potentially face Class 2A heavyweights like Daingerfield and

Newton in the postseason, the Cowboys’ goals for 2010 are crystal clear.

“I really hope we make it state – I think that’s

everybody’s goal,” Long said. “We want to make the playoffs, for sure, and we

want to demoralize people – not just beat them.”