- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
To gear up for 2013 national signing day, DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi is breaking down every commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Athlete Brendan Langley, Marietta, Ga./Kell | 6-foot-1, 181 pounds
Committed: April 4, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 83. Four-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 226 in ESPN 300, No. 24 athlete, No. 109 in Southeast region, No. 26 in Georgia
Picked Georgia over: Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Nebraska and others.
State of the position: The Bulldogs are losing starting cornerbacks Branden Smith and Sanders Commings to graduation. Sophomore Damian Swann started every game for Georgia this past season and will lock down one of the corner spots. True freshman Sheldon Dawson and redshirt freshman Devin Bowman played in almost every game yet only have one start between them. The Bulldogs are thin at cornerback and need an immediate impact player.
Pros: “Langley has the size and physicality to be a presence in press and in the red zone against bigger bodies. He is at his best when he keeps the ball in front of him. He can be high in his pedal, but is quick to react and come forward. He excels in zone coverage, reading the quarterback and breaking on the ball. He has a lot of savvy and good understanding of zone concepts. He blends good anticipation and plant-and-drive skills to break strongly on underneath routes. Langley is the type of athlete who may translate into a kick returner at the next level.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “We're not sure if he has elite short area burst to break or recover against smaller, speedier threats, but he shows light tension in transition. He needs to play with better pad level and looks like a track guy playing football at this point, which is understandable since he runs the 400-meter in track.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Branden Smith. Langley doesn’t have the elite speed that Smith has but then few do. Rather Langley, while two inches taller, resembles Smith in his coverage style and big-play potential on offense. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and could easily run some of the plays that featured Smith in the past.
Expected impact: 2013. Langley will have a shot to help rebuild the secondary when he shows up in June. He could also be a quick contributor as a kick returner.
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