Here is what we know about the uber-talented Sammie Long – the Lakes High receiver was the University of Washington’s first commitment for the 2013 recruiting class.
He gave his word to the Huskies last March. That is a long time for a recruiting marriage to hold up between prospect and college coach, one bound only by a 10-second oral agreement.
The status of that commitment as of today? Lots of uncertainty.
* Said Lakes High coach Dave Miller, Long still holds the scholarship offer from UW coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff in hand, but conceded that the senior is not only being recruited by others (Colorado State, Montana, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Utah), but he is looking elsewhere as well.
* And from the Huskies’ end, their lack of interaction with Long or his family has spoken volumes to the recruit and his coach.
“A month ago, I got Sarkisian to give me a call,” Miller said. “His comment is they would honor the offer, but that they had gotten some guys in this year that they normally would not get in, and have recruited around (Long).”
Moving to the forefront is trio of California receivers who are consensus top-50 recruits at that position nationally – Demorea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif.), John Ross (Long Beach, Calif.) and Darrell Daniels (Oakley, Calif.).
Suddenly, it is Long who has been left out of the loop. He has not set up an official visit with the Huskies – and quite possibly won’t.
“I have been in this business a lot longer, and told (Long) if they have not called you for a visit, you are not being actively recruited by them,” Miller said. “I told him that I would not wait around.”
Long has already visited Montana, and is expected to take at least three more visits – presumably to other schools who have offered him scholarships (Eastern, Idaho, Colorado State).
As for the future, Miller isn’t sure how this will all shake down.
“This does not mean he is not going to the UW, but that he has not been recruited by the UW the last three or four months,” Miller said.