2014 QB AJ Long (6’2, 190, 4.5) of Friendship Christian School in Tennessee enjoyed a terrific junior campaign, leading his team to the state championship for the second consecutive season. He completed 113 of 185 attempts (61%) for 2,476 yards with 37 touchdowns and just one interception. One of the country’s top dual-threat quarterbacks, he rushed for 669 yards with an additional 12 scores.
On the recruiting trail, things are heating up for the First Team All-State selection. “I have offers from UCLA, Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio, Appalachian St. and UMass. Florida St., Texas A&M, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Duke, Ohio St., USC, Arizona, Arizona St., Washington, and Oregon are showing serious interest.”
In Deep South Recruiting’s last interview with the talented junior quarterback, he had visited Durham, North Carolina to get a closer look at the Blue Devils. He updated where Duke currently stands. “They’re still up there. I’ve stayed in touch with Coach Kurt Roper (Offensive Coordinator) and it’s going well with them. They’ll be coming to visit soon and I expect them to offer when they do.”
Long recently visited Knoxville, Tennessee to see familiarize himself with the Volunteers program. “I attended Junior Day there last weekend and it went really well. I enjoyed myself.”
He’s also been invited to Junior Days at Purdue, FIU, Arizona, Arizona St., and numerous others. Long will also attend the Rivals/Under Armour Combine, NFTC, and the Elite 11 Camp.
During the summer, Long is planning on making trips to the East and West Coasts to visit schools and attend one-day camps. “We’re trying to figure everything out. We’ll be traveling down to Miami and hitting all the schools in Florida. We’re also planning to visit Washington, making our way down to Arizona and Arizona St.“
Long informed Deep South Recruiting he’s interested in the Hurricanes. “Miami is a school I’d really like to get to and showcase my abilities. I know they just accepted a commitment from a quarterback, but I’m not afraid of the competition and I’m confident in my ability,” he said. “I want to take a harder look at the situation.”
While he lists no frontrunners currently, a few programs have emerged telling Long he’s their first priority at quarterback. “Arizona is one. Head Coach Rich Rodriguez has made it very clear that I’m their first target. Duke and Ohio have also told me I’m the first priority at quarterback.”
Long has no timetable on making a verbal commitment and plans on taking all five official visits.
– Michael Bradley