Posted at 8:45am — 2//2016

GBMWolverine Message Board Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recently signed commitment David Long.

A talented west coast conrnerback, David Long, was a welcome signee for the Michigan class of 2016. He made national news, during Coach Jim Harbaugh’s Class of 2016 World of the Weird recruiting tour. Coach Harbaugh had a successful, albeit what the mainstream world labeled, perhaps kindly, unorthodox, home visit with Long where he attempted to demonstrate tree climbing ability.

The world is full of strange ironies; one being that David Long was a former Stanford commit who made a big media splash as a result of Jim Harbaugh's "tree episode." Long may have summed the goings-on best by using the word “Crazy” as a descriptor of the now well-publicized mini-event.

Tree analogy and craziness, plus Harbaugh’s personality style apart, David Long, after decommitting from Stanford, narrowed his choices to Michigan and Washington; soon after choosing Michigan and signing on NLOID.

The initial view of David Long from the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff is very favorable. There is plenty to like about David Long's make up and skills. First, Long is probably the fastest recruit of the 2016 class, having been timed at 4.40. No other recruit in this class is currently close to that mark. Second, David is highly academic, a prototype Stanford recruit, with a very high grade point average from a preparatory Jesuit High School. He received offers from Duke, Stanford, Notre Dame, and Michigan, a foursome perhaps few could equal. Regardless of alternative views, having plenty of skilled, smart kids in the secondary is a good thing. Third, Long is skilled enough to present choices to the Michigan staff as to how he can be used: this means versatility. Long is close to an elite athlete, perhaps only missing raw strength. Fourth, he has shown well against very good competition, including the Army All Star Game. Finally, His movements are fluid, almost slick, and his motor skill patterns are very impressive.

Stargazers take note that David Long could best be described as a mid to high four-star recruit in the 2016 class rankings. Most sources listed David around the top 100 mark of overall player talent. His size in the site profiles was listed as between 5’10 and 6’0.” By some sites, David Long was listed as an athlete, instead of a defensive back, and there is little doubt that he could play receiver because of his speed, it is easy to imagine him being slotted for a few select plays on offense. For Michigan and most teams his defensive skills probably became more valuable in his recruitment than the offensive possibilities. Many elite corners are six feet tall or slightly less in stature, so the concern need not be grievous. He does need to put on some weight.

Most sources place David Long between the 5th and 14th best corner coming out of the 2016 class, some rate him as the best cornerback in the 2016 California class, a very high compliment and indicator of future success.

David Long
Height: 6'0
Weight: 187
Birthday: February 6, 1998
Number: 6
Current Position: Wide Receiver / Cornerback
Future Position: Cornerback
City/State: Los Angeles, California
High School: Loyola
Head Coach: Marvin Sanders
Recruiter: Greg Jackson/Chris Partridge
Visited: 10/16/2015
Committed: 1/21/2016
Top 5 other Offers: Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, and USC.
Other Visits: Notre Dame (10/5/2015) and Washington (1/15/2016)
40-Time: 4.40
Shuttle: 4.15
Vertical: 35.9″
Power Throw: 36′
SPARQ: 114.36
All-Star Game: U.S. Army All-American Game and “The Opening”.
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class (Signed).

Follow David Long: on Twitter

Davíd Long jR. ‏@dee_knowz
Feb 15 Pasadena, CA

Can't wait to get to Ann Arbor. Pasadena will always be home, but for the next few years I'm a Michigan man.
#GoBlue

Rankings:

24/7:
ESPN:
Rivals:
Scout:

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff Rankings:



10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.

7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 8 1/2 footballs.

Side Note: Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Michigan Coach Don Brown on David Long:

David is a special corner with good ball skills. He can play outside and has great suddenness. David is also physical for a corner. We’re expecting him to come in and play early.

Michigan Coach Michael Zordich on David Long:

When you talk about a Michigan man, David Long definitely has those character traits. He’s a very conscientious young man that knows what he wants. He sees it, he envisions it, and you know he is going to go out and get it. That is David Long. As a football player, he is another young man that can play on both sides of the ball. He is a really good athlete, a tough kid: the kind of guy we want representing our program. David’s speed, athleticism and agility are what make him a really good man-to-man corner.

Key Stats:

• Recorded 19 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception as a senior
• Caught 25 passes for 525 yards and seven touchdowns senior year
• Made 25 receptions for 414 yards and scored three touchdowns as a junior

Honors:

• Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com; listed as the No. 81 prospect nationally and the No. 18 overall player in California
• ESPN four-star recruit, the No. 13 prospect in California and the 104th-best player nationally in the ESPN300
• Scout.com four-star recruit, the fifth-best cornerback nationally and the top-rated cornerback in the West
• PrepStar Magazine All-American, the nation's No. 190 overall player and the 12th-rated athlete in the country
• Participated in 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Overview:

David Long is an excellent athlete, one who has all the prerequisite skills to be a top level corner. With his skills, David should be an asset on special teams. As mentioned above, David showed very well against top competition at the Army Game and Combine. He has exhibited very strong measurable, including 4.4 40 dash time and a 36 inch vertical jump.

Strengths:

Long has an excellent combination of speed, football sense, and moxie. He is fearless in man coverage and also has the skills to excel in zone coverage. Long jams well and has the quick feet needed to play press coverage. He has a smooth and easy back pedal and an excellent change of direction. Importantly, David long has enough top end speed to keep up with top wide receivers.

Concerns/Needs Work:

As with most youngsters, David needs a solid dose of S&C to add weight and strength. His tackling and physical play needs an uptick. At times, like many premiere players that rely on pure talent, Long is over-aggressive at times and gets beat over the top.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff believes he will likely play his first year. Clearly Long has a very good shot at immediate playing time.

David Long reminds the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff of -- Current Michigan Football Player — Jourdan Lewis — who plays Cornerback.

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2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class:

Michigan has twenty-eight signed commits at this time with Brandon Peters — Enrolled — (QB), Kingston Davis — Enrolled — (FB/HB), Michael Onwenu (OL), Chris Evans (Slot), Sean McKeon — Enrolled — (TE), Josh Metellus (S), Ben Bredeson (OL), Devin Gil (S/LB), Ron Johnson Jr. (DE), Brad Hawkins (WR), Ahmir Mitchell — Enrolled — (WR), Carlo Kemp — Enrolled — (DE/LB), Nate Johnson (WR), Devin Bush Jr. — Enrolled — (LB), Kareem Walker — Enrolled — (RB), Dylan Crawford (WR), Stephen Spanellis (OL), David Long (CB), Joshua Uche (DE), Elysee Mbem-Bosse (LB). Michael Dwumfour (DL), Eddie McDoom (Slot), Khaleke Hudson (LB/FB), Nick Eubanks (TE), LaVert Hill (CB), Quinn Nordin (K/P), Rashan Gary (DL), and Devin Asiasi (TE).

At this time Dytarious Johnson (LB) is still committed to Michigan, but has to complete some school work before his letter of intent will be accepted.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome David Long to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Written by GBMWolverine Message Board Staff — CoachBT, Doc4Blu, and ErocWolverine

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