- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Five months ago, the University of Georgia took the lead for its top cornerback target, ESPN 300 prospect Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell). The lead was short-lived, as one month later Langley had a new top three of Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee after a “misunderstanding” with the Georgia staff. Three months later the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete committed to South Carolina.
Last weekend, the Bulldogs had Langley back on campus, along with his teammate and Georgia defensive back commitment Quincy Mauger (Marietta, Ga./Kell). It started off like any other unofficial visit, with time spent with the coaching staff.
“I talked to Coach Mike Bobo, Coach Todd Grantham and Coach Mark Richt, and they told me how bad they want me, how they could use me, and not to worry about the number of corners we have committed,” Langley said.
But this trip to Athens unveiled a new twist to Langley’s recruitment.
“I actually got a chance to meet with Coach Mark Fox the head basketball coach and assistant coach Philip Pearson,” Langley said. “Basketball is my first love and I cannot give it up. Coach Fox told me they would love to have me. They need a point guard so I am in luck with that if I were to choose Georgia. They have two point guards and they said they need three. If I did go there, that would be a plus.”
Next year the Bulldogs will return just three cornerbacks in Damian Swann, Sheldon Dawson and Devin Bowman. Whether or not Langley is able to take the court or not would likely depend on how much he is needed on the football field as a freshman.
“Coach Fox said if I redshirt in football, he would take me for basketball for the full year,” Langley said. “But if I got early playing time he would just play me on my off days and give me access to the gym during my free time.”
Langley admits he was impressed with how the men’s basketball coach at Georgia handled the approach of trying to add him to the team.
“Coach Fox actually talked to Coach Richt beforehand and when I got up there he said that Coach Richt was cool with it,” Langley said. “I definitely liked that. It is very intriguing, especially with how Coach Fox was. I expected him to just tell me what he thought I wanted to hear, but he seemed genuinely into it.”
The football staff did not hold back in its pitch to Langley either.
“One thing that really stood out was they said they are holding two spots,” Langley said. “One for me and one for Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). They said if they get both of us their recruiting is done for 2013. That was a bold statement. If they are being serious, then that is very flattering.”
Before he made the trip to Athens, Langley saw defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos on the sidelines Friday for his game. Lakatos’ presence left a good impression on the four-star prospect.
“I had not really talked that much with Coach Scott Lakatos recently,” Langley said. “But he gave me some words of encouragement on the phone Friday, and during the game I was looking over and he would give me positive feedback. I could tell he was there not only for Quincy, but also for me. That meant a lot.”
One thing Langley made sure to do during the game Saturday was Georgia’s defense, especially in the secondary.
“They have top-of-the-line defensive backs at Georgia,” Langley said. “But they could use some backups because some of them like Malcolm Mitchell have to play both ways. They need someone like me or Shaquille Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) to back them up. I cannot wait to see how they play when people like Bacarri Rambo play. I feel like I could fit in well in that system.”
It appears as though the Bulldogs’ coaching staff will have at least one more chance to impress Langley on campus, as they have earned one of his five official visits.
“I am taking my official to Georgia either Sept. 28 for the Tennessee game or possibly after the season,” Langley said. “I have homecoming that weekend, so if I cannot go to that one, I will try to find another date so I can get more of a feel for the program. I am taking one to Tennessee Oct. 19 when they play Alabama, one to UCLA Nov. 16 against USC, one to Florida Nov. 2 for the Missouri game, and one to South Carolina Oct. 5 for when they play Georgia.”
Just like Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) and Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) in the spring, and Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton) during the summer, Langley maintains this trip was to appease a friend’s request.
“It was a good experience,” Langley said. “I am not really looking into anything right now, but it would be safe to say they gave me something to think about. But I was not going up there to see if I could pick out anything. I was just going with my best friend Quincy Mauger to have a good time. Hopefully he will visit South Carolina with me sooner or later.”
As for his status with the Gamecocks coaching staff?
“The relationship with the South Carolina coaches is very healthy,” Langley said. “Even if I was to decommit, I would still remain friends with them.”
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