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Name: David Long

SCHOOL: West Virginia

CONFERENCE: Big 12

POSITION: Linebacker

CLASS: RS Junior

JERSEY: No. 11

RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star

HT: 5’11

WT: 225 lbs

D.O.B.: N/A


PROS: Quick processor who is able to attack because of his quick reads. At his best when he’s able to attack the line of scrimmage rather that sideline to sideline. Takes on blocks with low base and keeping his outside arms free. Strong filler at line of scrimmage who can alter the course of running plays. Can slice through blockers with shorter frame. Can bring some pop when getting downhill. Has a true nose for the ball. Reads pullers well and is able to bend around blockers to make the play. High effort player who is always in pursuit. Quick plugger who can be a weapon in how he attacks downhill. Has the athleticism to move laterally. When he’s playing in space with clear reads he can flashes of dominance. Physical re-routes in pass coverage.

CONSCan struggle to scrape and force with speed. Though he does a good job of getting pieces of ball carrier, he isn’t a sound tackler who generally will give ground when tackling. Brings a strong initial pop but will stop running his feet far too often. Can struggle with block destruction, especially when scraping towards the sideline. Takes questionable angles and paths to the ball, and struggles when needing to avoid a blocker on his way to the ball. Can get lost in pass coverage, and can lunge and whiff on re-routes.

-Brad Kelly