Alabama Crimson Tide: Brendan Langley

SEC lunchtime links

September, 24, 2013
There's plenty going on in SEC country. From the weekend that was to the key matchups on the horizon, such as Alabama-Ole Miss and Georgia-LSU, here are some key reads from around the league:

Georgia recruiting: Top performers 

September, 25, 2012
The University of Georgia is recruiting some of the top prospects in the country, and DawgNation takes a look at 10 targets and prospects that had standout performances on the field last week.

Derrick Henry, ATH (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) – The ESPN 150 prospect had 42 carries for 502 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-28 win over Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson, breaking the single-game record for rushing yardage in the state of Florida. Henry also passed Emmitt Smith (8,804) for 2nd in career yards in Florida with 9,255. Henry now has 38 straight games with 100 yards rushing or more, one shy of the national record set by 2012 ESPN 150 prospect Rushell Shell, now at Pitt.

Brendan Langley, ATH (Marietta, Ga./Kell) - The ESPN 300 prospect had seven catches for 104 yards, three interceptions, 97 return yards, two touchdowns and a blocked extra point in a 33-29 win over Creekview.
Dawg Night got off to a quick start for the University of Georgia on Friday when Marietta, Ga./Kell High School defensive back Quincy Mauger committed to the Bulldogs. Nobody may have been happier for Mauger than his best friend and teammate Brendan Langley.

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Tom Hauck/ESPNHSCB Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) atteded UGA's Dawg Night on Friday but did not participate in drills.
“I was really proud of him,” Langley said. “He came a long way with me and really with everything he’s been working on. He’s been working real hard. He earned the offer, and he’s taking advantage of it.”

Langley also attended Dawg Night with his teammate, but the ESPN 300 cornerback didn’t participate in drills. He has Georgia in his top five along with Alabama, South Carolina, UCLA and Tennessee.

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O.J. HowardGreg Ostendorf/ESPN.comAlabama commit O.J. Howard likes the way the Tide's 2013 class is shaping up.

Count Alabama commitment O.J. Howard among those who were excited when ESPN 150 quarterback Cooper Bateman committed to the Crimson Tide in May. The big 6-foot-6 tight end target knew he had a special player now on board to throw him the ball in the future.

“When I saw we got a really good quarterback, that caught my eye,” Howard said. “I was like, ‘This guy can play.’ I went and watched his film. He can throw. He can run if he wants to, but he’s a great quarterback, and he makes things happen on the field.”

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Watch: Langley has Tide No. 1

June, 5, 2012
video Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) recently named Alabama as his leader and dropped Georgia to fourth on his list. He talks with DawgNation about the decision and what he likes about the Gators as well.

Prospect camp: Five to watch 

June, 4, 2012
The University of Alabama’s first summer prospect camp began on Sunday and will run through Wednesday. The Crimson Tide coaching staff is expected to host an elite group of prospects, coming in from all over the country. Here are five recruits to watch as the camp unfolds.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comLaremy Tunsil isn't the only big recruit in Tuscaloosa this week.
Cornerback Brendan Langley

Although it’s still a fluid situation, Alabama is currently the leader for Langley. Getting him on campus for the first prospect camp can only help the Crimson Tide’s chances of securing a commitment from the ESPN 150 cornerback. On Saturday, Langley competed in a 7-on-7 tournament at Central Gwinnett High School, and he helped lead Kell High School to the title with 10 touchdowns and a number of interceptions. That didn’t stop the Georgia native from still making the trip to Tuscaloosa where he plans to compete in the camp on Monday. Langley should be one of the top players in attendance, and if everything goes well, there’s a chance he could leave town committed to Alabama.

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The O-zone: May 30 

May, 30, 2012
TideNation recruiting writer Greg Ostendorf brings you another edition of The O-zone, a confidential look inside Alabama recruiting. Get the latest updates from the gridiron and the hardwood as it pertains to the Crimson Tide.

In this week’s update:

  • Tide set to host five-star
  • ESPN 150 DB has UA on top

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Langley closes in on decision 

May, 23, 2012
Recruiting hasn’t slowed down for Brendan Langley, but the ESPN 150 defensive back has been trying to lay low and take it easy in recent weeks.

The Marietta, Ga., Kell High School prospect has put the recruiting process aside as he finished up the track season and started in with the football team for spring practice. Although he only worked out on the gridiron for a week, Langley believes he still got something out of it.

“I was only there for the second week, so it was pretty short, but it was fun,” he said. “I learned a lot. That’s always my goal going into things is to learn something, take something out of it, and I believe I did. In my opinion, it was productive. It was fun, and I’m just ready to get to the summer, get to these 7-on-7s, a couple camps and make my decision.”

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Bama in mix for ESPN 150 DB Langley 

April, 19, 2012
It was his third visit since receiving an offer from the University of Georgia, but for defensive back Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) the G-Day spring scrimmage showcased some different aspects of the Bulldogs’ program.

“The spring game was everything I expected, but it was actually more intense than I thought,” Langley said. “I really like the way Coach [Todd] Grantham runs his defense and his attention to detail. It is a game of inches, so his attention to detail is important. The coaches also pointed out how Branden Smith was lined up on offense in the spring game, and they pointed out that it could be me in a few years.”

Georgia recently took the lead for prospect ranked at No. 84 in the nation, and his feelings have not changed since his time last weekend in Athens.

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When ESPN 150 Watch List defensive back Brendan Langley returned home from his visit to the University of Alabama on Saturday, he announced his commitment, but it wasn’t a commitment to the Crimson Tide.

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Kipp Adams/ESPN.com2013 CB Brendan Langley enjoyed his recent trip to Alabama.
On Twitter, Langley announced that he had committed to Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., who he received mail from that week. He was only kidding.

As for his visit to Tuscaloosa over the weekend, the Georgia native got a chance to watch the scrimmage on Friday and practice on Saturday, and he seemed to enjoy himself while he was on campus.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Last time he was here, the Bulldogs did their best to try and take the lead for Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell), but were unsuccessful. Following his first visit to the University of Georgia since getting an offer, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound defensive back named Alabama and Georgia co-leaders. On Saturday, Langley was back on campus at Georgia again and he admits this trip was different. But did it have an effect on his recruitment?

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Kipp Adams/ESPN.comCornerback Brendan Langley says Georgia has pushed past Alabama as his leader.
“I was kind of rushed last time because I had things to do later that day, but this time I had the time to sit down in the offensive and defensive meetings really allowed me to see how they would utilize me on both sides of the ball, and special teams too,” Langley said. “Georgia is my current leader.”

On Saturday the news also came out that sophomore Marc Deas planned to transfer, leaving the Bulldogs with only five returning scholarship players in the entire secondary after the 2012 season. While Langley has said early playing time will not be the only factor in his decision, he knows he is a priority for the coaching staff at Georgia.

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UGA, Bama in DB Langley's top two 

March, 4, 2012

The University of Georgia is hoping to lock down a stellar defensive back class in the 2013 recruiting cycle, and with only four cornerbacks and four safeties set to return after this year, whomever the Bulldogs sign will have to be ready to play immediately. That is exactly what the coaches told Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) during his time Saturday in Athens for Very Important Dawg Day.

"This visit to Georgia was definitely a lot more compelling than before, and they brought me in close and spent a lot of time breaking things down," Langley said. "I could tell the difference visiting with an offer. Coach [Will] Friend had offensive linemen trying to contact him all day and he was with me the entire time, so that meant a lot."

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Newly offered DB enjoys UA visit 

February, 18, 2012
It’s been quite the week for Marietta, Ga., defensive back Brendan Langley.

The 2013 prospect received offers from Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday, Mississippi and Tennessee on Wednesday, Alabama on Thursday, and Florida on Friday before capping the week off with a visit to Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the Crimson Tide’s junior day.

“It was a phenomenal time,” Langley said. “Coach (Nick) Saban and Coach (Kirby) Smart did a very good job of making me feel at home and extremely comfortable. I didn’t have any doubts coming into it, and I definitely don’t have any doubts coming out.

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Georgia 2013 ATH's stock skyrockets 

February, 16, 2012
Very quietly, Kell head coach Derek Cook has transformed the Kell Longhorns football program into one of the best programs in Georgia. With a 35-12 record in the last four years, including their first region championship in 2010, they are a team to be reckoned with in the AAAA class. But coming into a season opener at the Corky Kell Classic versus eventual AAAAA state champion Grayson, Cook was faced with a lot of question marks on defense.

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Kipp Adams/ESPN.comCornerback Brendan Langley says Georgia has pushed past Alabama as his leader.
“We only returned four starters on defense, and Brendan had never played cornerback before,” Cook said of standout athlete Brendan Langley. “He did a great job covering No. 6 and No. 4 for Grayson, and that was when we knew we would be all right on defense.”

In his first year on defense, Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) made 60 tackles, six interceptions, five pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries. The 6-foot-1, 186-pound rising senior credits former Kell standout Brian Randolph, a 2011 Tennessee signee and SEC All-Freshmen selection, with helping him make the transition.

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Alabama Dismisses Jonathan Taylor
Alex Scarborough discusses the Crimson Tide's decision to dismiss defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor after he was arrested on domestic violence charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.