Brady Long sings his national letter of intent to play football at Culver-Stockton on Monday at Brown County high school.
Mt. Sterling, Il. (WGEM) -- With National Signing Day less than 48 hours away, high school athletes across the region are gearing up to make some of the biggest decisions of their athletic and academic careers.
For some, the day to sign a national letter of intent has already come.
On Monday afternoon at Brown County high school, stand-out senior Brady Long made his choice official, signing with the Culver-Stockton football program.
Long, known for his speed and athleticism, will play defensive back for the Wildcats, and tells WGEM Sports the next step is to prepare for a more physical level of football.
"I need to definitely start matching my speed with some strength and size," he expressed.
"It's kind of unequal right now being so small being 150 pounds trying to play college football. I need to put on some pounds for next year and match that with my speed and agility."
Brown County head coach Tom Little echoed Long's thoughts on playing at the next level, adding that it's crucial he continue on the same path that helped Long excel with the Hornets.
"I think the big thing for him is that he's got to continue being a play maker, going in and being aggressive," Little said.
"He has the talent to be there, but he has to continue to work and develop himself physically to play at that level."
Long also told WGEM Sports that he plans to study criminal justice, and hopes to become a state trooper after finishing his college career.