Good news on the recruiting trail! Rejoice!
Class of 2016 cornerback David Long (Los Angeles, California) committed to Michigan Football on Thursday evening, giving the Wolverines one of the best defensive backs in this cycle.
Long is a four-star prospect and the eight-ranked corner in the class, according to the 247 Composite ranking system.
Following decommitments from Sir Patrick Scott and Antwaine Richardson in recent days, cornerback suddenly became a big need for the Wolverines. Long's decision likely was not affected by any of this, but it is still a huge positive for Michigan.
Long is listed between 5-foot-10 and 6-feet tall depending on the sites you look at. Regardless of how tall he actually is, he possesses the skill set of a player that has a chance to be a really good cornerback at the next level.
Everything he does looks smooth. He has great speed down the field and is a natural at the position. Not many players have the ability to beat him down the field, but when he does get beat he has the athleticism to recover and make a play on the football.
Long is good in both man and zone coverage. He will have to improve his tackling a bit and develop more physically, but he reminds me of Jourdan Lewis coming out of high school.
That is not to say they will have the same career trajectory, but Long certainly has the ability to be an all-conference performer in time at Michigan.