September 23, 2021
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DITR: Sam Long

Sam Long of Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana
Sam Long of Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sam Long is a Class of 2022 Tight End from Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Long is 6’4” and 215lbs, and is a strong blocker. He dominates in the running game, destroying smaller defenders downfield. In the passing game, he blocks like an offensive lineman, using his frame to prevent defenders from reaching the quarterback. He’s a vertical threat along the seam, he can line up out wide or inside in the red zone. He showed sure hands during his sophomore and junior seasons at Lusher.

How long have you been playing football?

Sam: I started playing in 6th grade, I’m a Senior so this is my 6th year. Football has been a dominant figure in my life since elementary school.

How would you describe your role on the team? 

S: This year, I’m going to be the workhorse. We only have 2 returning starters between me and the Left Tackle, so they’re going to lean heavily on me.

How would your teammates describe you?

S: My teammates would call me very energetic. I’m not quiet, when I’m on the field I’m very talkative. I want to be mic’d up for a game, I think that would be very entertaining. I would also say I’m more intense than most of my teammates. 

What would you say is your biggest strength?

S: My catching ability is my biggest strength. I’m not the fastest, but I catch everything. My junior year tape doesn’t show it as much, as I only played in 2 of our 4 games due to injuries.

What do you need to improve on the most to make sure you’re successful at the next level?

S: My biggest flaw is my speed, I only run a 5.1 and I’m working hard on improving that.

Who would you compare yourself to, in college or the NFL?

S: George Kittle, I model everything I do after Kittle, from technique to just the energy and intensity he has.

What is your goal for this season with Lusher? 

S: I want to break records, specifically receiving yards and touchdowns. I also want this season to be better than last year, last year was rough and we want to improve significantly.

What are you going to bring to the college team that recruits you?

S: A lot of energy. Especially in the weight room, I’m not quiet. I know lots of freshman at the college level are quiet, but I’m going to be the opposite, I will come with lots of intensity and will be a vocal leader day 1.

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