S, Class of 2021
Christ School, Arden, NC
Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, 2021 three-star safety Langston Long wasn’t getting the looks last year when he was a junior at Hylton High School. So, he made the decision to attend prep school this year at Christ School (NC). Now, his recruitment is coming more into focus.
Long now claims four offers, from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Liberty and Texas-San Antonio. While he determines where his next stop will be, looking back, he believes he made the best decision for his future already.
“I’m looking for a school where I can learn from great players,” Long said. “I’m coming into school early, as an early enrollee. I just want to learn quick and get into a great weight-training program. It’s my dream to go to the league (NFL). I just want to learn, be able to play and do my thing to the best of my ability.”
Long, whose father, Rendell Long, was a fullback at Florida State from 1993-95, has heard from a host of other schools, including the Seminoles, Notre Dame, Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina and Appalachian State. His father has also added some perspective when needed.
“It’s been a long time since he played,” Langston Long said. “I don’t feel like I have to go there, but it’s cool that’s where he played college ball. Truthfully, if another school could be a better fit for me, it’s [about] what school fits me, what staff fits me and how I can affect their program. Not only playing early, but developing, getting bigger is important. Somewhere that showcases my abilities.”
That pedigree, though, as well as the younger Long’s development over the past year, have especially drawn interest from the schools that have offered, including Virginia Tech. And conversely, the Hokies have made a strong impression.
“It’s a great school and I’ve known the coaches, like Coach (Justin) Hamilton, for a pretty good while,” Langston said. “They’re honest men. I appreciate his honesty. When I reclassed, he stayed on me. He’s kept me up to date and kept it 100 with me. It’s a great campus, great fans, a whole lot of spirit for the team. I feel like they’re really interested in me, I’m one of the guys they want, and I appreciate that.”
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