Work Hard, Be Humble
Kyle Long
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Apr 22, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


"Florida State is my number one choice," Kyle Long said. "I love the ACC and I used to watch their baseball games all the time. They have a great baseball team that wins a lot. They have it all in baseball and football. I'm excited about their new coaches like (offensive coordinator) Jimbo Fisher and (asst head coach) Rick Trickett. I think they'll really be able to get something going..."

Kyle Long, the 6-foot-7, 290-pound offensive/defensive lineman from St. Anne's-Belfield High School in Charlottesville (Va.) has nearly 40 scholarship offers for football and is also a highly recruited baseball player.

"I've never really watched a lot of college football and was always more of a baseball player," said the well-spoken Long.

He's a pitcher/first baseman and had eight home runs and 1.06 ERA with a .510 batting average. "I'm only going to do one sport and I'm not sure which one yet."

Florida State is his only offer for baseball so far, and the 'Noles have offered for football as well.

"Florida State is my number one choice," he said. "I love the ACC and I used to watch their baseball games all the time. They have a great baseball team that wins a lot.

"They have it all in baseball and football," Long said. "I'm excited about their new coaches like (offensive coordinator) Jimbo Fisher and (assistant head coach) Rick Trickett. I think they'll really be able to get something going."

The Seminoles lead slightly over USC, Florida, Ohio State and Virginia. Long, who is the son of NFL great Howie Long, was born in California and lived in the Sunshine State for six years. "USC is awesome," he said. "There's nothing new I can say about them that somebody hasn't already said. They are like an NFL team and coach Pete Carroll is the best. I love how every weekend millions of people watch their games and follow the team."

So does his dad have a school where he'd like Kyle to go? "No," Long said. "He doesn't point me in any direction. He just wants me to make an informed decision and be sure about what I want to do. If I woke up one morning and told him I wanted to play piano instead, he'd back me up. He just wants me to work hard and be humble. He'll support whatever I decide."

Football is in the Long genes. Kyle's brother is Chris Long, a defensive end at Virginia. "We're really close and he just tells me to take my time and find my own fit," Long said. " They are only about five minutes away and I've hung out there a lot so I know all the ins and outs at Virginia. That's what I'd like to do with some of the other schools. I want to get to know them all really well."

Two other schools that Long has already visited are Florida and Ohio State. "They are both very similar programs," he said. "They have great coaches and have been really successful. They win a lot of games and have great fans.

"I want to take all my visits and just stay open to everything," he said. "I want to really take in the experience. Things like location, distance, weather…they don't matter to me."

Long bench presses 330 pounds and power cleans 340. He also has a 550 squat and can run the forty in about 4.9 seconds.

"I'm very versatile and have a great motor," he said. "I go hard on every play and go until the final whistle. I work hard and move well for a big guy. I love pass blocking, but I also really like pass rushing too. Defensive end is a lot of fun, but offensive line is my first position. I love playing them both.

"I want to improve my consistency and technique," Long said. "I'm still working on the fundamentals and learning about hand placement and reading defenses. I just want to have a better overall football IQ."

He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 1640 SAT.



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