Westerville (Ohio) South class of 2014 tight end Darryl Long added his first offer several weeks ago from Ohio University. On Monday, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior saw his offer list triple with new offers from a pair of BCS schools.
"Pittsburgh offered me today," Long reported last night. "I am very excited. Pittsburgh is a top 20 institution academically and the football program is very good and uses the tight end a lot, so I am excited for the opportunity."
A few hours after discussing his Pittsburgh offer, Long contacted Rivals.com with the news that Illinois had also come through with a scholarship offer late Monday night. The Illini and Panthers were the two programs Long mentioned several weeks back as showing the most interest this fall.
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Long's conversation with Pitt on Monday took place with offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph after they had a chance to evaluate his junior film.
"He said he liked how versatile I was as a tight end," Long said. "He talked about the tight ends he's coached, how they do stuff at Pittsburgh and how much they care about [their players] not just on the field, but off the field as well."
While Long has yet to make a recruiting visit to Pittsburgh, he does have a fair amount of familiarity with the city and campus.
"I have been up there for a basketball camp. It's a perfect [distance] - it's not too far, but not too close at the same time," Long said. "My dad actually went to school at Carnegie Mellon and he talks a lot about the city itself and how it was nice when he went to school there."
Westerville South's 2012 season is now complete, leaving a few weeks in the college football season for Long to potentially attend a game or two.
"I am trying to visit Pittsburgh whenever I can," Long said. "I'm not sure what games I am going to be able to make, but I am also trying to go to Duke, Michigan and Vanderbilt because I have been in touch with a few of their coaches and it seems like a nice place to visit."
Long finished the regular season with 24 receptions for 424 yards and four touchdowns from his tight end position.