Tuesday, November 20, 2012
DBs should get boost from Langley
By Kipp Adams
With Tuesday’s addition of ESPN 300 athlete Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) to the commitment list, Georgia has secured its top target at cornerback for the 2013 class. It has been a battle since the spring for the 6-foot-1, 186-pound prospect, with programs like Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee all fighting for Langley. Getting Langley was a priority for the Bulldogs’ coaching staff, who heavily pursued the four-star recruit even after he committed to the Gamecocks.
UGA commit Brendan Langley can help replace several departing defensive backs.
With his size and athletic ability, Langley should be able to come in and help Georgia in several ways. He is a playmaker with the ball in his hands, and has made just as big of an impact on offense at Kell this season as he has on defense. That could continue in Athens.
Langley was sold early on being utilized in a similar manner to former Georgia standout Brandon Boykin, and that would be a smooth transition for the two-way standout. With only three scholarship cornerbacks returning and a void in the return game, Langley has a chance to contribute next fall.
As it stands, the secondary class for Georgia is likely close to completion. Langley joins ESPN 150 prospect Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and ESPN 300 athlete Reggie Wilkerson (Citra, Fla./North Marion) to give Georgia a trio of four-star cornerbacks for this recruiting cycle. The only target remaining at the position would be five-star prospect Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./ Immokalee), who is contemplating taking an official to Georgia.
As for safety, ESPN 150 prospect Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) is the headliner, along with juco Shaquille Fluker, three-star Paris Bostick (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and three star Quincy Mauger (Marietta, Ga./Kell), Langley’s teammate and close friend. A new target at safety emerged this week in Kennar Johnson (Clermont, Fla./Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.), who says he was offered over the summer. He is taking his third and possibly final official visit to Georgia this weekend, and plans to make his decision shortly after his time in Athens. Johnson played cornerback this year, but is seen as a taller, more physical defensive back who can contribute as a solid tackler at safety.
If this group stays as is, Georgia will have filled its needs at both positions with quality and quantity. If they are able to add Alexander or Johnson, they will bring in eight defensive backs in this class, which basically amounts to an entire secondary. The preference for the staff obviously would be to have guys on campus right now who have the experience and talent needed to compete in 2013, but the mix of juco and top talent in the group of commitments should fortify the secondary for the immediate and long-term future.