David Long is an outstanding inside linebacker from Cincinnati, OH and a long-time verbal commit of the Mountaineers. The three star linebacker is only slightly undersized at 5'11", 210 lbs. but he has a real nose for the football on defense. Long committed to West Virginia in late September and has kept his verbal pledge without any signs of wavering.
David will likely red-shirt to develop with the depth at linebacker, but it would also be easy to see him making a splash on special teams. He lays the wood like number 8 and at full tilt going down-field he will punish some opponents. With his hard-nose style of playing he could easily remain a true linebacker, but with his frame the staff may try him at SPUR as well if he has the speed for constant coverage.
Below are some highlights of his junior and senior seasons in high school.