It’s not anything new that most players are a lot shorter in real life than what is listed in the game program. It shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone that Loyola (CA) cornerback David Long wasn’t as tall as he was originally listed.
Long’s elite athletic traits more than make up for the couple of inches, though. He’s a fantastic prospect that is outstanding in man coverage no matter how tall he actually is
Long is listed as 6’0″ on a lot of sites, but was measured in at the recent Opening regional in Oakland at 5’10”. At the same time he recorded a vertical jump of 36 inches so those minus 2 inches aren’t as big of a deal. He needs to add weight and strength at the next level, but appears to have the frame to do so well and also looks to have decent arm length.
He has great top end speed and is an elite athlete at the position. He’s super fluid with his movement and his transitions.
The main reason Long is listed as an athlete is because he made a lot more splash plays on offense as a receiver. He showed the speed to get deep and adjusted well to the football when it was in the air. He has good ball skills.
He wasn’t asked to run too many diverse routes, but showed explosion out of his breaks to create separation. Most importantly, he showed enough strength to break the first tackle after the catch and the lateral agility to make defenders miss in the open field. He was definitely a threat whenever he touched the football.
He was even more impressive as a corner, though. His mirroring skills were outstanding and he can run with just about anyone. Even if he loses a step when matched up with a receiver, he has the ability to recover quickly.
He shows the ability to play both press and off-man. I would like to see him be more physical and do a better job of getting his hands on a receiver initially in press. He is smooth and balanced in his backpedal. There is little wasted motion with him and he can stick his foot in the ground and explode to the football. He uses his length well to get his hands on passes and shows great awareness for turning his head at the appropriate time without losing his man.
He opens up his hips and transitions extremely smooth. He doesn’t lose speed when having to open up.
I didn’t get to see him play a ton of zone coverage, but when he did, his eye discipline was excellent and his ability to break on the football stood out.
I would like to see more of Long as a tackler, but he was as I expected based on his size. He’s more a lunger than a guy who will come up and smack a ball carrier in the run game. This is an area where getting bigger and stronger should help quite a bit and will likely be a necessity for him to be a complete corner at the next level.
Long has the versatility to play on the outside or in the nickel. I think this best scheme fit in a defense that plays a lot of man coverage.
I think Long has the potential to be an outstanding man coverage corner at the next level. I worry a bit with him having to match up with big, physical monsters on the outside and it’s likely why he might need some time to add weight in order to become to reach his full potential. He has all the tools to be a multi-year starter on defense and all-conference level player before his college career is complete.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).