Howie Long’s Son Ditching Baseball For Football?

Howie Long’s son, Kyle Long, made the headlines in January when he abruptly left college at Florida State after only one semester and then proceeded to get a DUI in Charlottesville, Virginia. Suddenly, one of the top baseball and football prospects in the country was going to community college and not playing either sport.

Kyle Long

Now, word comes that Kyle is going to follow in his brother Chris‘ footsteps and enroll at the University of Virginia to play football. The thing is, Kyle went to FSU to play baseball and was considered to be a stud pitching prospect, but he never even made it to baseball season in Tallahassee.

NBC 29 in Virginia is citing a report on CAVSCORNER.COM that says Kyle Long is going to join Al Groh’s program this fall, presumably as a walk-on. As a lineman, he was being recruited by many of the top football programs in the country, such as Ohio State and USC.

Howie says none of this is a done deal:

Howie Long told NBC29 Wednesday that this report is premature and that Kyle is concentrating solely on academics right now.

Because, as we all know, the mental crush of community college renders anyone incapable of focusing on anything else.

And really, if Kyle couldn’t hack it at FSU and bailed after one semester, how’s he going to fare at UVA, which is perhaps the best public university in the country?

Kyle has a fastball that clocks in around 95 mph. He had a 1.91 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 50 innings as a high school senior. So his decision to give up baseball seems a bit hasty, even if he is an awesome lineman. I mean, if you had the choice to be a dominant major-league pitcher and get massive guaranteed contracts, or be an NFL lineman and have little job security while your body gets destroyed, which would you do?

Of course, none of us know what’s going on in Kyle’s head. If football is his passion and he wants to pursue that, then more power to him. His father did pretty well in that sport, so it’s an understandable career path. But if he’s going to make in any sport he’s gotta stop driving drunk and start passing some classes ASAP.