A quick look at the film of 2014 prospect Darryl Long shows a player with great size (6-foot-5, 220-pounds) and a lot of athletic ability. He also showed off his skills recently in Columbus at the Nike Football Training Combine.
The Westerville South product played mostly defensive end last season as a sophomore, but Long projects as a tight end at the next level.
"I did well at Nike and the competition was really strong there," Long stated. "I also had a good year as a sophomore and I played defensive end for the first time. I played a little tight end last year, but this year I will be playing full time at tight end."
"I like both spots, but I do like tight end better," he added. "I'm a very physical player and I think I'm a very smart player also. I'm working on trying to get faster at tight end, and being more of a game-changer as a junior."
College recruiters have already taken notice of Long, and several schools have been in contact.
"Boston College was in my school this week asking for my film," he explained. "I'm hearing from Michigan State, Penn State, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Michigan, and some of the MAC schools in Ohio."
"I don't really have a favorite list or anything, and I'm interested in all schools right now," he continued. "I would say schools like Michigan and Wisconsin seem to be great places to play college football, but I just want to go somewhere that I can do well academically and on the football field. I'm carrying close to a 3.0 GPA at this time, and I'm going to raise that over the next few years."
EVALUATION: After seeing Long in person at Nike, it's easy to point out that he absolutely aces the look test. He can move well, and showed the ability to get open and catch the football. Long is a top 2014 prospect in Ohio, and a player to watch going forward.