6’4”, 225 lbs.
Rivals: #22 TE
24/7: #29 TE, #35 player in Ohio
Scout: #32 TE
Chose UK Over: Louisville, Illinois, Mizzou, Indiana, and Pittsburgh
Vince Marrow went back to his home state to pick up one of his position players in the Class of 2014. Darryl Long is the 5th player to enter Mark Stoops’ all-Ohio Class of 2014, becoming the 8th Ohio player to commit since Stoops took over as head coach. WR Coach Tommy Mainord said on National Signing Day, “A great thing you can sell in recruiting guys, is just by drawing the 2-deep. We don’t have one, but let’s draw up the scholarship players, walk-ons, all of them and see where you land. They see that you can’t find a better opportunity [to see the field].” The opportunity is there for Long, with 3 TEs lost to graduation after next season. The chance to play, along with a great relationship with Vince Marrow (Marrow had to reassure Long’s mother that he would be at UK to coach his son) made the early decision easy for Long.
Long is an athletic tight end that runs like a long-legged gazelle in the open-field.His transition should be easy after spending the majority of his high school career primarily as a stand-up tight end in the slot position. His background coupled with great speed makes him a perfect fit for the Neal Brown offense. I’d consider him pretty unstoppable in high school; he literally had 2 minutes of highlights just running straight down the field catching TDs, usually just from outrunning his opponent. If you aren’t even running a route and the defense still cannot adjust coverage, you know you’re doing something right. Even though he isn’t down in a 3-point stance too often, Long’s footwork makes him an exceptional blocker. Even though many tight ends will be leaving in the next two years, Darryl Long provides optimism for the important position.
If you want to see a nice hit, check it out around the 2:37 mark.