James Logan High running back Warren Miles Long made an oral commitment to play football at Northwestern on Friday. Long announced his decision on Twitter and confirmed in a phone interview.
Long was in Seattle at a football camp at the University of Washington when he made his decision and he returned home to Union City on Friday evening. He said the timing just felt right to make the call.
“It was probably the coaching staff and how they welcomed me like no other school,” Long said of his reasons for choosing Northwestern.
The Colts star, who will be a senior this fall, has been a standout running back the past two seasons. He rushed for 1,314 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and 1,545 yards as a sophomore. Long was a first-team Bay Area News Group All-East Bay selection last year as well as the Mission Valley Athletic League’s Jim Randall Offensive Player of the Year.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Long also had an offer from Colorado and interest from other schools, but Northwestern’s balance of academics and football won out.
“That’s been my thing — academics,” Long said. “I’m trying to get that degree, so of course, that’s important. What I was trying to do is find a school that can balance academics with having a good football team.”
He’s also excited about the move to the Chicago area. He made an unofficial visit to the Evanston, Ill., campus in April.
“I want to meet Derrick Rose, I want to meet R. Kelly,” Long said. “I want to watch the play Chicago. I want to have the whole Chicago experience.”