Hunter Long has become the Georgia Bulldogs’ 13th commitment.
The 6-foot-3, 293-pound interior offensive lineman from Memphis officially committed to the Bulldogs late Wednesday. He said he initially committed to UGA line coach Stacy Searels when he offered the scholarship on Sunday. But Searels encouraged him “to wait a few days and pray about it and be sure.”
The truth is, Long has long known Georgia is where he wanted to be. His brother, Austin Long, is a redshirt freshman offensive tackle for the Bulldogs.
“It’s home for me,” Long said. “I go there all the time and I know everybody there. I’ve been going there since Austin first started getting recruited by Georgia.
In fact, Long is scheduled to be in Athens all next week. Not for a camp or a visit. “Just to hang out,” he said.
But Long had to earn his offer. He attended the Mark Richt Camp on June 12th and impressed the coaching staff with his ability not only at center, his primary position at Briarcrest Christian, but also at guard. The Bulldogs already have one commitment from a center in Wesleyan’s David Andrews, so Long may be asked to play both positions.
“Coach Searels said I definitely helped myself [at the camp],” Long said. “We haven’t really talked about [playing guard or center] but it’ll probably be both.”
As for just now getting an offer from the Bulldogs, Long said, “Lately it’s been more of a numbers game. They really need tackles, more than anything else. I guess the numbers just worked out.”
Long’s brother Austin was rated the No. 1 lineman in Tennessee when he came out of Briarcrest. But before Georgia Long’s only other offers were from Memphis, Southern Miss, Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State.
Long was asked why he thought there was not more major-college interest for him.
“I think a few schools knew I was probably going to go to Georgia,” he said. “And there are a lot good interior offensive linemen this year.”
Long said he’s looking forward to playing again with his brother. Austin Long had to sit out last season at Georgia with a back injury.
“He’s almost 100 percent now,” Long said of his brother. “He’s lifting and running and doing all the drills. He just can’t hit now.
“He’s very excited about us being able to play together again.”
GEORGIA 2011 COMMITMENTS
* LB Jarvis Jones (6-3, 236) of Carver-Columbus, a transfer from Southern Cal, counts toward the Class of 2010.