Warren Miles Long has been talking to Northwestern for a couple seasons but even he was surprised when his first offer came from the Wildcats recently.
The Union City (Calif.) Logan running back said he's been talking with assistant coach Mick McCall and after Northwestern offered he's planning to take a trip during spring break.
The Wildcats are definitely one of his early leaders.
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"Coach McCall, their recruiting coordinator in my area, talked to me my sophomore year and I just had to pass the eye test and he said he would be keeping tabs on me and then he came to my school a couple weeks ago and a week after that we talked and he offered me," Long said.
"I know that it's a great school and I know they were just in a bowl. They're a good team that goes to bowl games and they're basically what I'm looking for in a school."
Other than Northwestern, Long said he's hearing from Oregon and trying to get in contact with Stanford.
Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti has stopped by Logan and is showing interest in Long, who rushed for 1,094 yards and 16 touchdowns in his junior season.
The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect also played defense and finished with 53 tackles and two interceptions.
"Nick Aliotti came to my school in mid-January and he said he'd be coming back," Long said.
"I've been talking to him. I was trying to get in contact with David Shaw from Stanford but he's so busy. I might go to one of Stanford's camps to get a chance to talk with them, too."