Star QB A.J. Long Says His Recruitment is Done, He’s Sticking with Syracuse

He’s also putting a recruiting push on for others to join him, including his 4-star WR cousin.

A.J. Long made his way back to Syracuse last weekend and sat on the 30-yard line inside the Carrier Dome for the Spring Game. Long tells The Fizz the experience was more than he expected it to be, and it’s solidified his decision from a month ago when he committed to the Orange.

“After this past visit, my commitment is stronger than ever. My deal is done and I’m done with recruiting, as far as for me. Now, I’m ready to go out and recruit everyone else to come to my school.”

Orange Nation has been here before, when Zach Allen and his Jedi recruiting powers dipped for TCU when Doug Marrone left. But there’s a different scenario with Long. He’s received attention from top programs such as Alabama and USC from the very beginning of his recruitment and has stood by his decision to the Orange. So if Long is locked into SU, how’s his sales pitch to other recruits?

“I have a lot of guys who typically wouldn’t look at Syracuse because they already have offers from top programs. There’s a lot of big-name kids who never really thought of Syracuse before but are now looking into it.”

While A.J. has called quite a few names, there’s one in particular he has some sway with. A player he’s competed with since he was 5 years old.

“My cousin has offers from Michigan, UCLA, and other top programs. Now I have him looking at Syracuse as an option. His final two right now are Michigan and us. Now it’s just a waiting game for him. He told me today he’ll be committing soon. He didn’t tell which school or when but I expect in the next week and a half we’ll know that one.”

K.J. Williams is a four star wide receiver from Bethlehem, PA. The Liberty High School star grabbed an SU offer late in March following A.J.’s commitment. Syracuse brought in some playmakers in February, but aside from Jarrod West, all of SU’s wideouts are unproven. Incredibly, Williams is also cousins with West. Jarrod is also a product of Liberty High. It’s all a lot to process.

Long thinks throwing to his cousin would make them the best QB-to-WR connection in the country:

“We’ve always talked about playing football together at the college level. I convinced the staff to give him an offer. Now, he’s taking Syracuse very seriously. After seeing how well Jarrod (West) played in the spring game, catching two touchdowns, he thinks he can fit in the offense. A crazy amount of opportunities can come his way on offense after seeing a family member accomplish it.”

So the Long/Williams/West trio makes for an amazing recruiting story. Long has a hunch K.J. will come to Syracuse based on his timing. A.J. himself is a huge key since SU’s QB position is a fragile one even if Drew Allen comes in to win the job.

Long is laboring through his off-season workouts. He’s primarily focused on fine-tuning his footwork. He has a soaring vision for this program when he makes his way on campus. The coaching staff wants A.J. to enroll in December to compete for the starting job next year. Long doesn’t need the staff’s motivation, as he stood by his words from March:

“I want to get up there as soon as possible to win that ACC Championship and make our way towards a national championship. I may be back for another unofficial visit soon, but I’ll be taking my official in the fall when we play Clemson at home.”

It doesn’t end there. Long has also reached out to Eric Shute, an offensive lineman from Illinois. Shute visited for the Spring Game as well. The three-star, 275 lb. recruit has narrowed his decision down to North Carolina State and Syracuse. According to Long, Shute could making a decision in the next week.

A.J. is one busy individual, but as long as he’s doing recruiting work for the Orange, no one minds a bit.

Posted: Brendan Glasheen

44 Comments on this Post

  1. AlbanyCuse

    Great head on this kid. Really appreciate his enthusiasm for the program and look forward to seeing him compete for the job in the future!

  2. Love it.

  3. Good get, he will be a stud.

    Have KJ come too would be gravy.

  4. AJ .. what a fine young man you are. The connection between you and West and Williams is similar to that of the Owens Brothers ( Michael and Billy ) from Carlisle , PA.

    The SU Nation is standing proud with the new interest and enthusiasm of the SU Football Program.

  5. With the likes of AJ coming in Syracuse University is diffenately headed upwards and the future is looking awful bright.

    I’m hopeing that AJ is as good as advertised. It takes a huge set of “gonads” to say that Syracuse will win the ACC Championship with him as the quarterback. A hugh set of “GONADS”.

  6. I agree with everyone! Do yo have a list of prospects who came to visit during spring game? I would like to read more of who came and there opinions. Thanks

  7. I like this kid, but history has burned SU before. Nothing means a damn unless he signs a LOI for SU. He can boast all he wants(sounds familiar doesn’t it) about coming SU’s way. But until the fax arrives with his signature on it and delivered to the hill I’ll believe it then. SORRY!!

  8. Russell MacEachern

    His cousin would be the bigger get from my checking on loads of neutral sites…AJ seems to have a few issues but he has talent just not as much as KJ!!I want to see what Kimble and Wilson can do b4 I annoint AJ anything yet!!

  9. Russell MacEachern

    K.J.Wms is a MAN already with grades,character,fully developed 6″3″205 and can go anywhere he wants….not the case for AJ!!I also think looking at them standing together AJs barely 6′ 170 lbs!!just my observation but Russell Wilson was only 5’11” 190!!Seems like QBs heights are always exaggerated….for some reason AJ last year was more sought after than this year unless him commiting early turned some off?

  10. Russell MacEachern

    If we get KJ we can thank AJ cause he came to visit the Dome last year and wasnt impressed with our commitment or SUs to football and 2 months ago had Mich and RU his top 2 schools but two weeks ago went to Ann Arbor and fell in love with the Wolverines and said no ones even close “check syrfan.com recruiting page thread” on his twitter but AJs influence is helping b’cause other top wr targets (2)quickly committed recently to Mich and if one more commits they may stop recruiting him leaving him to fall into our laps!!1 way or the other he’s said he’ll make his intentions known soon (by May)!Keep ur fingers crossed cause he’s a difference maker!

  11. Russell MacEachern

    @Ron,did you see my request for info from the spring game?I checked but couldnt find your reply!Hows Hunt look?How about G.Morris and J.Smith?The D and O-lines?big crowd??Many bigtime recruits there?Thanks in advance!

  12. Its early since the spring game, but I thought we’d hear something of a commit after the game??

  13. @Russell MacEachern;

    Russell my response after the Spring Game is listed under the previous article “Syracuse’s Fab Fresh Faces;Could the Massive influx of youth help SU”?

    I was impressed with the running game,George Morris III turned the corner on one play and ran away from everone scoring on a 39 yard TD. He’s fast and should get playing time this year. Jerome Smith hasn’t lost a thing,he’s powerful and runs like a bulldozer(plowing through and running over everything/one in front of him. Looking forward to another 1000 yd plus game out of him this season. Adonis Ameen Moore should be kept in the short yardage package when they need it the most. That’s where he stands out the most(especially in the goal line formation).

    My assessment of the QB’s has changed from what I was saying over the winter. I now believe that it is Drew Allens position to lose and Terrel Hunt will become the backup.

    The recieving corps looked good. Jarrod West scored 2 touchdowns,Jeremiah Kobena made some nice catches and should be a force to be reckoned with this season. The real surprise for me was that Quinta Funderburk didn’t get one pass throwm to him during the game.

    Ashton Broyld didn’t play due to an injury and I’m hoping that he recovers in time for the regular season to start.

    The defense Russell looks like they will smother people. They’re big,fast and powerful. The JUCO Linebackers Josh Kirkland and Luke Arciniega looked impressive and should get playing time If the defense were allowed to tackle the QB in this game,I think that they would have recorded 8,9 possibly 10 quarterback sacks.

    I met and talked to a guy that post here that uses the moniker “thesackster”. Had a great time altogether.

    On a side note Russell,On Tuesday Night a young man(Jerome Smith)came in and we talked some football. Boy was i shocked and pleased that I had a chance to meet him. It made my day.

    Things are looking up for the orange,can’t wait for the games to start.

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