February 15, 2012

Dawgs make pitch to CB

As the saying goes "when it rains, it pours," but it doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing.

Kell defensive back Brendan Langley appears as if he is about to be on the good end of the old adage.

Before Tuesday, the 6-foot-1, 180 pound standout didn't have an offer, but by the time the day had ended, he had received two.

Both offers were from SEC schools.

"Yes sir, I got offered by Georgia and South Carolina today," said Langley. "It feels really good to have that first offer out of the way."

Langley's first offer of the day came from Georgia, and the Kell star will always remember exactly how it went down.

"My Head Coach (Derek Cook) called me into his office," he said. "He was asking me how I would feel if Georgia offered me. I told him that I would be ecstatic, and that I would love it. Then he told me that he was about to get Coach (Mark) Richt on the phone, and he was going to offer me a scholarship. I was extremely happy, and grinning from ear to ear."

After attending UGA's Junior Day on January 28, Langley came away impressed with many aspects of the Georgia program.

He has expectations going in, but the Georgia staff was able to meet them and even raise the bar a bit.

"Georgia is a great school and a great program," said Langley. "When I was up there for Junior Day, they did a great job of making me feel welcome and the facilities were really nice. The cafeteria was great. I was kind of expecting it to be more of a conservative type of thing where I Just went up there and saw the school, but they kept their end of the deal. They told me they would take care of me, and they did. I liked all the coaching staff and I'm hoping to go back up on March 3 for their VID (Very Important Dawg) Day to meet the rest of the staff."

As if the day couldn't get any more surreal for the Peach State sleeper, it just so happens that his first collegiate offer came from his favorite team growing up.

"Growing up, obviously, my favorite team was the Georgia Bulldogs, the hometown team," said Langley. "All my family is from Georgia and that's who I grew up liking. I don't know, there is just something about that red that I like."

The Kell Longhorns use Langley as a receiver, running back, defensive back, and a return man, but the Bulldogs plan to let him specialize a little more at the next level.

"They offered me as a cornerback or safety," said Langley. "I prefer to play corner, but I can do both and will do whatever I need to do."

Langley's second offer of the day came from South Carolina, and unlike the Georgia offer, it came as quite as a surprise.

"The South Carolina offer was an extreme surprise," he said. "I kind of felt the Georgia offer coming, but I had never been to South Carolina or never received any letters of interest. I had never talked to a coach, and they have never been here. It came completely out of the blue. It flattered me though because it let me know they have been watching me somehow and noticing what I was doing."

Cook, who has coached Langley for three years, has come to expect big things from the multitalented star, but it isn't just his talent that sets him apart.

"He's a great kid, and just a smart, articulate young man," said Cook. "He has everything you want in a player. He benches over 300 pounds, can run a 4.39 in the 40 and averages over 40 yards per return on kickoff returns, but he is just a normal kid that is into the things that normal kids are into. You can look at those numbers and see the things he can do and just know how hard he works, though."

The Kell head man isn't at all hesitant to compliment his do-it-all performer, but that feeling is also mutual.

"You can quote me on this," said Langley. "We have, without a doubt, the best coaching staff in the state, country, or wherever. It is all about their attention to detail. If we have our weights facing the wrong way in the weight room, we have to pay for that. It is all about the details, and they do things the right way and are always helping us get better. It is why I am where I am."

Langley is one of the most impressive athletes in the Peach State in the class of 2013, but didn't make an appearance in the initial Rivals250 rankings when they debuted last week.

Despite not being mentioned in those projections, the Kell speedster doesn't fret over who thinks what at this point.

"I'm not going to lie, I pay attention the them," he said. "I know that I'm not ranked yet, but at the same time, if I'm getting offers from the schools I want to go to, I'm doing something right. I'll just do what I can do and people will take notice."

Part of being a hard-working, successful athlete is having the ability to set goals, and Langley knows exactly when, and why he wants to end his recruitment.

"My top three, in no order, are Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina," said Langley. "I want to decided somewhere around the end of June because I want to have it out of the way so I can focus on my senior season. I don't want it to affect my play."

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