Forget Hanging

Forget Hanging

"This summer I plan to have my top five and commit before summer ends," Jeremy Longo said. "I don't want to have it all hanging during my season. I want a school that fits my style of play. I'd like to play for an enthusiastic coaching staff that gets involved and is hands-on. If I like the school and the football program, then nothing else will matter..."

Jeremy Longo, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale (Fla.), has eight scholarship offers, but denies a favorite. He does like Central Florida, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Iowa, Ole Miss and Pittsburgh and all have offered, as well as Kentucky.

"This summer I plan to have my top five and commit before summer ends," Longo said. "I don't want to have it all hanging during my season. I want a school that fits my style of play. I 'd like to play for an enthusiastic coaching staff that gets involved and is hands-on. If I like the school and the football program, then nothing else will matter (like distance, location, weather, etc)."

Longo plans on attending several colleges in April, starting with the Central Florida Junior Day on April 7. "The campus is beautiful at UCF," Longo said. "It's nice and spread out and a lot of kids from my high school go there because they are only like three hours away. My parents really like (head) coach George O'Leary. He's a good guy and a great coach. They have a lot going for them."

Then he'll be heading to South Carolina on April 14 for their spring game. "I've always liked Steve Spurrier," he said. "I grew up liking Florida and he was always my favorite coach. He's done a great job at South Carolina and it would be amazing to play for him. I really like the direction the program is heading."

His final April stop will be to Wisconsin on April 21 for their spring game.

Despite being his childhood favorites, the Gators haven't offered yet. "My dad always liked Miami and my brother followed Florida State…I wanted to do my own thing and cheered for Florida.

"I just like the SEC overall. That's why I like Mississippi too. They have great coaches and I keep hearing great things about them. They are an up-and-coming program."

He says the Gators are reviewing his film, as is Georgia, Alabama and Virginia.

His first scholarship offer came from Connecticut in February.

Although he hasn't visited either Iowa or Pittsburgh, he says he has family in both places. "I've got some family in Des Moines," he said. "I really like the Big Ten and they have great facilities from what I hear. Also, their coaches have been there for a while and really know what they are doing.

"I also have some family in Pittsburgh and I've already talked with Dave Wannstedt and told him I'll visit them this summer for sure."

Longo finished his junior season with 125 tackles and eight sacks. He had a 23 tackle performance against Naples in the regional quarterfinal game.

"I'm explosive off the ball and have a quick pass rush," Longo said. "I'm a good run stopper and am great coming off blocks, but I want to work on coming off the edge a bit more. I'm working on getting a little bigger too."

Longo benches 330 pounds, squats 500, has a 34.5-inch vertical jump and runs a 4.65 forty.

He reports a 3.0 core GPA and is awaiting his SAT results.

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