Maryland football has officially signed three-star offensive tackle Kyle Long, the program announced Wednesday.
Long, of Hazelwood Central High School in Missouri, is the lone offensive lineman committed to the Terps in the 2021 class.
“Maryland is a great school for me,” Long told Testudo Times. “It has exactly the program I want to do and is in a great location. I’ve wanted to do pre-law, and their students almost always end up at great law schools.”
Long was committed to Central Michigan since May 7, but offensive line coach John Reagan identified him in June and immediately built a connection. Maryland officially extended an offer to Long on Aug. 1, the first day for written offers, and he pledged his commitment just four days later.
Standing at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, Long fits in with the larger frames that Maryland has recruited in the past two cycles. He details plenty of strength in his blocking and self-identifies as a strong run-blocker who can pass block as well. Blocking for power rushes is his favorite play, he said.
Long plans to enroll early at Maryland and is excited to join and meet the rest of his classmates, being the furthest recruit from College Park.
“I thought about [early enrolling] for awhile, and Coach Reagan listed off the benefits to me,” Long said. “My high school coach also said I would be much better off getting a head start there since I’m already done with high school.”
Maryland brought in six offensive linemen during the 2020 cycle and will likely look to add one more prospect up-front in the normal signing window or via the transfer portal.