May 24, 2006

2008 prospect Long drawing early interest

Charlottesville (Va.) St. Anne's-Belfield offensive tackle/defensive end Kyle Long (6-foot-7, 285 pounds) is no longer looked at as UVa junior defensive end Chris Long's little brother. Not only has Kyle shot past his older brother in size, he is also starting to garner the national interest that his brother did. Two programs have already verbally offered the rising junior lineman. Are the Cavaliers to be considered the team to beat?

"I have only played one year of football, so I am floored by the attention. Virginia and Ohio State have both verbally offered me scholarships and have said that they will extend the offer in writing when they can do so in the fall," said Long.

At this stage, Long could end up on either side of the ball at the college level. His frame is ideal for an offensive tackle, but his explosive athletic ability could also land him at defensive end.

Long's father, of course, is former NFL standout Howie Long.

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