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Austin Long


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Recruiting Information

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Worth Noting

Signed with Georgia. Family background: Younger brother Hunter Long is sophomore lineman at Briarcrest Academy and a promising 2011 prospect ... Inside info: has developed a close relationship with QB Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla, who also is going to Georgia. Long and Murray had a long talk before he made his college decision ... Ranked by Rivals as the country's No. 9 offensive tackle.

Player Performance

Strengths

Very athletic and agile for size. Appears to have a mean streak, often driving defenders way down the field with blocks, and plays until the whistle blows. Has quick enough feet to pull, or to sprint to the flats on a screen play.

Questionables

When Long targets a defender to block, he stays on him like glue, but perhaps too long. He sometimes needs to shed the initial defender a little quicker, as the ball-carrier passes by, to find linebackers and safeties to block. Impressive with blocking much smaller defenders, even those just as athletic. Will be interesting to see how he does against defenders with the same size and athleticism in college.

Player Updates


Tennessee OL Austin Long headed to UGA

2:31 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008

Georgia has once again stepped outside of the state and secured a commitment for the Class of 2009. Austin Long, an offensive lineman from Briarcrest Christian Schools in Memphis committed to Georgia. Quarterback Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla., who has committed to Georgia, took the lead in recruiting Long. "I was hoping to narrow it down to two or three schools over this weekend, " Long said. "I really thought about it and talked to my parents about it and prayed about it. Then I was talking to Aaron Murray and he really helped. I asked him all kinds of questions and if he was still happy now that he has committed. "He told me he was happy and he was going to recruit me until I committed, " Long said. "He told me he wanted to be a part of the No. 1 recruiting class." To get that class Georgia may have to secure a few more top prospects, one of which Long has already started to work on. "Soon as I talked to [Georgia offensive line coach Stacy] Searels, I called Marlon Brown and told him I was going to start working on him, " Long said. Brown is considered one of the top prep wide receivers in the nation. He has a list of 15 schools, of which Georgia is one. Long had offers from several schools in the Southeastern Conference and was also drawing interest from Florida State. He visited the Georgia campus during spring practice. He also took unofficial visits to North Carolina, Florida, Florida State and Alabama. Long is rated as a top 10 tackle by Scout.com.

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