Despite being a small town, Edna, Texas has produced more than its fair share of Division I football players. In keeping with that tradition, the high school has one of the top juniors in the state in offensive tackle Mac Long.
The 6-foot-4, 277-pound class of 2012 prospect has already landed a pair of offers. Two in-state schools were the first to offer Long and both caught him off guard quite a bit.
"I'm hearing from quite a few schools right now," Long said. "I have offers from Texas Tech and Houston. It was this summer when both of them offered.
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"Both of them came as a surprise. I'm just a junior now but I got invited to the junior day at Houston when I was just a sophomore. I called them that night and they offered me. I had never really even talked to Texas Tech at all. I sent my video up there and they called my head coach and told me to call coach (Chad) Scott. That was a real big surprise."
While other schools have yet to offer, Long is getting plenty of attention.
"All the rest are just asking right now to send in some film," he said. "I've been getting a lot of stuff from the in-state schools plus Arizona, Virginia, Nebraska, Arkansas and a bunch of different schools. It's coming from everywhere, it seems."
Long made the camp rounds this summer and has taken two unofficial visits so far this fall.
"I went to camps at SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Houston and Baylor over the summer," he said. "So far this fall I've been to the Texas Tech-Texas game and the Houston-Tulane game. I'm trying to make it to a game at A&M as well.
"Both games that I've been to have been really, really good. Texas Tech, the atmosphere was chaotic and crazy. It was great. Houston surprised me because their fans get into it also."
Despite being a huge college football fan, the big lineman says he never had a favorite team while growing up.
"I wouldn't say I've been a fan of any one particular school or anything," Long said. "Since I'm from Texas I like the main three. I've always watched Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech."
With it being so early in the recruiting process for Long, he says he does not have any current favorites either.
"I'm just trying to keep all my options open," he said. "Texas Tech, Houston, Texas, Texas A&M, SMU, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama - you know, there are a lot of schools that are standing out. I'm just looking at everywhere."