Kell's Langley on the Recruiting Trail
The Longhorns' star has a busy summer on tap as he decides where he'll play college football.
Brendan Langley is learning what it's like to be a high school football star while getting serious attention from major college coaches.
While the Kell High School defensive back still has another season to play for the Longhorns, recruiters from the Southeastern Conference -- and especially the University of Georgia -- are awaiting his decision.
He says he wants to announce his choice by Aug. 25, the date of the Longhorns' season opener against Chattahoochee in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome.
Langley already has made a number of visits, and is said to be leaning toward UGA, because "it feels like family there, like home." Also high on his list are Tennessee and Auburn.
He begins another round of visits starting Sunday at defending national champion Alabama, which is in hot pursuit of top prep defensive backs, followed by Tennessee next week. An Alabama recruiting site reported last week that the Crimson Tide now tops Langley's reshuffled list.
Later this month, Langley will fly to Los Angeles to visit USC and UCLA, which recently hired former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora and who has a verbal commitment from Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz.
Other schools that Langley said he'd like to visit are Florida, Florida State and Clemson.
Langley recently worked out at a Nike Football Training Camp in Buford and has been invited to another camp at the sports shoe retailer's Oregon complex in July, according to The Marietta Daily Journal.
An Oregon recruiting site contends that Langley, who's also a track star for Kell, may be factoring in the Ducks' reputation as a "dual sport-friendly" program into his decision.
Langley is one of the anchors of a strong defensive unit for Kell, which was 9-3 in 2011 and reached the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
At 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Langley has the size, build and speed that make SEC coaches salivate. He's got offers from at 11 SEC schools, and the list figures to grow.
In the recent Rivals.com rankings, he fell just outside of the scouting service's Top 250 prospects list.
"As a cornerback, Langley really has most of the tools college coaches are looking for," Rivals.com Southeast anayst Keith Niebuhr said. "He can run well, he has the strength to be physical, his hips are relatively fluid and the bonus is his size and arm length. There's no doubt that Brendan is still pretty raw at corner, but when you look at his longterm physical potential - and that's largely what rankings are based on - he has an extremely high upside."