WVU’s David Long Says He Will Make NFL Decision On Saturday
Orlando, Fla.–West Virginia’s junior linebacker David Long was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year this season, he found himself on several All-American teams and he’s amassed 247 tackles in his three seasons as a starter for the Mountaineers. Forty of those tackles came behind the line of scrimmage, tying him for the third most TFLs in WVU history.
It’s natural for a player with all those accolades to think about an NFL future, and Long certainly is. At 5-foot-11 and 221 pounds, he’s not ideal size for a pro linebacker, but his productivity can’t be measured by his height.
He’s a fourth-year junior who already has his bachelor’s degree from WVU, and while he still has a year of college eligibility remain, after Friday’s bowl loss to Syracuse, the tears that glistened in Long’s eye gave an indication that he had played his last game for the Mountaineers.
The Cincinnati native didn’t come out and say he was definitely going to forego his final college season and apply for the 2019 NFL draft. In fact, he said he planned to talk it over with his parents that night and make his decision on Saturday.
While he may have not been ready to announce his decision in the wake of Friday’s loss, his facial expressions and body language certainly gave the appearance of a player who had pulled off his Mountaineer uniform for the last time.