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UGA tops for Watch List's Brendan Langley

4/9/2012

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

On Twitter, Langley announced that he had committed to Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., a school he received mail from that week. He was only kidding.

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

“It was pretty good,” Langley said. “They showed me everything they showed me the first time. The only thing difference was being able to watch the practice and see those kinds of things. It was definitely a fun time.”

At the scrimmage, Langley watched the defensive backs, and although he was impressed with the skill level of the top guys, he also saw a chance to come in and compete for a spot early himself.

“The first group is really good with Dee Milliner, but the second team was looking kind of suspect, if you will,” Langley said. “I definitely see a place where I could fit in, which is what Coach [Nick] Saban had mentioned to me earlier that day. They need a defensive back, and I got a first-hand look at that.”

When Saban sat down and talked with Langley, he made it clear that the UA coaching staff wants the 6-foot-1, 181-pound cornerback.

“Being the high-caliber team they are, it obviously makes me feel pretty good,” Langley said. “We’ll see where things go from here.”

At this point, Langley has a top five of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, but a visit to UA wasn’t enough to put the Crimson Tide out front. The Georgia native still claims the in-state Bulldogs as his leader.

“I guess I feel most comfortable there as of right now, but things could change,” Langley said. “I love downtown Athens. I just like it up there right now. The coaches make you feel very welcome.

“It’s not like Alabama or Tennessee or South Carolina or Florida isn’t that way. They do the same things. I just feel it better from Georgia, I guess you could say.”

Langley, who has visited all of his five finalists but Florida, is done taking visits until the summer, and then he wants to make a few final trips, including one to Gainesville, Fla., before making a decision.

In two weeks, Langley is scheduled to compete at the Nike Football Training Camp in Buford, Ga. It will also be his last camp until the summer.