Washington (D.C.) Dunbar wide receiver Deon Long made a commitment earlier today. The 5-foot-11, 176-pounder committed while at a spring game in Morgantown.
"I committed after the game and told Coach Beatty," he said. "He was telling me how he can't wait to get me up there and likes the fact I'm a real nice receiver that can use my hands. That is when I told him I was coming.
"He was real happy and glad I did it. He had been talking to me for the past couple weeks and we've developed a bond so far. The one thing I liked about him was how he was recruiting me. We have a friendship going on, I liked it."
Was Long preparing to commit to West Virginia this weekend?
"I had offers from Duke, Michigan State and West Virginia, out of those three I visited Duke and West Virginia," he said. "Those two were my tops. I wanted to be a veterinarian and I wanted to make sure those schools were good for me.
"It was a hard decision. I loved everything at both, but it was the offense and somewhere I could see myself playing the next four years of my life."
Long discussed what made him select the Mountaineers.
"It was the atmosphere, the fans here," he said. "It's just a football town. The fans come out and support the team. It's a real live game. I've been to quite a few spring games and this one is one of the best.
"Plus, the offense will be changing after next season. They are going to be passing a lot and I like that Tajh Boyd is coming there. I've seen him pass recently and I like everything about him as a person and quarterback. He puts the ball on the money and we have been close buddies."
West Virginia sees Long playing opposite fellow 2009 commit Logan Heastie.
"Logan is a nice receiver," he said. "He was getting triple teamed and still managed to get open. He does some nice things and I see us doing big things together.
"I plan to graduate early in December. It's supposed to be open next spring and hopefully I'll get an opportunity."
With a decision behind him, is the D.C. prospect done with recruiting?
"At this point I'm not looking at other schools, but I'm still going to take visits to other schools," he said. "I want to go to make sure I'm making the right decision. This is my No. 1 school."