Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak inside linebacker/tight end Brandon Long took his first official visit to Michigan State this weekend, and despite the Spartans not pulling out the victory, Long said MSU made a very big impression on him.
“I would say it was probably about a nine,” Long said when asked to rate it on a scale from one to 10.
“It’s an awesome place. They have a wonderful campus, wonderful people, a great stadium and great fans. It’s somewhere where I could really see myself fitting in perfectly at.”
Long said he was tempted to commit this weekend, but his mother suggested to him to take his time and not rush into a decision. It was advice that MSU coach John L. Smith agreed with.
“Coach Smith understood and backed me up on wanting to take my time,” Long, who is 6-foot-2 and 219 pounds, said. “He told me that it’s a big decision, and he wants me to be sure about it when the time comes.”
Long said he’s thinking about taking visits to Indiana and Iowa for sure and after that it’s kind of up in the air what he’s going to do.
Long and his teammates are off to a disappointing season. They recently lost two games that they were not expected to, and Long said the loss of Ohio State commitment Brian Hartline has been devastating for the team.
“I thought the team would pull together and pick up the slack,” he said. “But it’s not happened. We need to rally and turn the season around. It’s not too late yet.”