Austin Long Talks of the Process
Posted Apr 30, 2008

Austin Long, 6-foot-5.5, 270-pound offensive tackle from Memphis-Briarcrest Christian, (Tenn.), has found his new home. Long who reported over a dozen offers from some of the premier programs throughout the nation has found his match in the SEC.

Austin Long, who committed to Georgia today, explained of his choice, “I went down there for Junior Day, and I absolutely loved it. I loved the coaches. The players were awesome, and I got to meet all of them.”

Long did not have concrete plans to make a commitment this soon as he added, “I was hoping this weekend to narrow it down to maybe two or three and my parents and I got to talking.”

Fortunately for the Bulldogs they have some help on their side.

“I talked to Aaron Murray, who just committed to Georgia, and he called me and talked to me about it. He told me to come be a Bulldog with him."

"I called him Sunday, and I talked to him about an hour on the phone. At the time I was about 90-percent when I talked to him. I felt really good about it. I slept on it last night, and woke up this morning and felt really good about it.”

With Long taking serious consideration the night before it only made sense for the Bulldogs to come knocking on his door.

Long reported, “Coach (Stacy)Searels and Coach (Mike) Bobo came to watch me lift weights today after school.”

He went on to explain that is when he committed via telephone after the coaches left the school.

Even with a commitment many schools will still make their way to Briarcrest to check him out along with teammate Chris Campbell.

Long said of other visiting coaches, “I am not sure. I called as many coaches as I could. The ones who were mainly recruiting me, and I told them I was committed. I told them it was very special what they did for me inviting me to their campus, but my heart was with Georgia.”

With the recruiting process being an up-and-down roller coaster many fans take early commitments with a grain of salt. Fans shouldn’t make that mistake about Long and his verbal pledge.

He emphatically said, “I am 100-percent.”

“I have to continue to work out hard, and we’ve got spring practice a week from today. I’m going to camp at Georgia. I’m working on my senior season and hope we’re going to win state this year.”

As far as his early commitment Long explained, “It’s definitely a load off. It was a lot of fun while it lasted, but it can be overwhelming at times. I feel really good about my pick.”

When asked about his most memorable moment in the process he said, “Probably the most memorable part is getting to meet a lot of really special people, great coaches, getting to the campuses of great colleges and great programs, and getting close to people who interviewed me. I felt like a movie star.”

Long talked about the opportunity as an early enrollee, “I went to my guidance counselor and talked about it today. I did not know you could do that my freshman year or I would have planned to do that. We are trying to see if maybe I could take some summer classes. As of right now I don’t think I’m going to go in early.”

Long appears very solid on the Bulldogs and does not seem open to the idea of switching his choice. The University of Georgia has taken one of the top quality offensive linemen off the board early in the recruiting process. A great haul for coach Richt and his staff and an even better haul for Aaron Murray and his backside.

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