April 10, 2011

Abels, Long commit to Houston

The Houston Cougars continued the frantic pace at which they have begun the 2012 recruiting class at on Saturday in landing two more verbal commitments. Head coach Kevin Sumlin and staff landed two big offensive linemen on Saturday, the second and third linemen of the class, thus possibly wrapping up the position for this class.

On a day when a number of recruits were on hand to watch the Cougars' annual Red and White Spring Game, two saw what the wanted to finalize their college choices early on in the process. Both Fort Bend Austin tackle Jacob Ables and Edna guard Mac Long are guys the staff targeted early and now have joined the fold.

Technically Ables was the first to make it known to the coaches that he was verbally committing, catching up with some of the staff after the spring game.

"Well, Houston was the first to offer me and I actually just verbally committed to them," said the 6-foot-6, 295 pound tackle. "It just happened a couple minutes ago and I'm just real happy I got to commit to them."

While Ables was still talking to the coaches Long and his family were waiting patiently to speak with Sumlin. While they were waiting they were able to talk to Cougar freshman Austin Lunsford who is familiar with making the jump from small town to Cullen Blvd.

"We got a chance to talk some to Austin Lunsford and his dad," said the 6-foot-4, 280 pound guard. "He is from a real small town like me and we were just talking to them about how he has adjusted to life in a bigger city. I've also talked to Rowdy (Harper) before too he is kind of in the same situation too."

Both players had unique things that helped them feel like Houston was the place for them, but both also noted the proximity to home as one of the key factors for their decision.

"One of the biggest things for me was being able to play so close to home," said Ables. "The coaches are great, Coach Sumlin, Coach (B.J. Anderson) and Coach (Tony) Levine they really sold me on the place. It's a great school, it's a really good football team and you can definitely see in their play today that they have a lot going for them."

"Me and my parents have been talking about it for a while now," said Long. "I've had my offer from the Cougars since June of last year and since then I have talked to the coaches very regularly and developed a real good relationship with them. It's only a hop, skip and a jump from the house so that is nice and we thought it was a good fit for us so we went ahead and jumped on the deal."

Both players also enjoyed what they saw of the team during the game on Saturday as the offense and defense slugged it out in front of them.

"Their offense is very much like the offense we run here at my high school," said Long. "It is very high paced and there are a lot of little dump offs and screen passes but they also mix the run game in there well too which is good, I like to run the ball. They looked good as normal yesterday and the defense really looked like it had improved too."

"I thought the spring game was great," said Ables. "The offense was going at it real hard and so was the defense the whole time. It was a good game, everybody stayed safe and no one got hurt so that is good."

Long was a first team selection last year as a junior to the 2A All-State team and Ables was a unanimous first team selection to the 23-5A Zone B All-District first team.

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