It was his third visit since receiving an offer from the University of Georgia, but for defensive back Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) the G-Day spring scrimmage showcased some different aspects of the Bulldogs’ program.
“The spring game was everything I expected, but it was actually more intense than I thought,” Langley said. “I really like the way Coach [Todd] Grantham runs his defense and his attention to detail. It is a game of inches, so his attention to detail is important. The coaches also pointed out how Branden Smith was lined up on offense in the spring game, and they pointed out that it could be me in a few years.”
Georgia recently took the lead for prospect ranked at No. 84 in the nation, and his feelings have not changed since his time last weekend in Athens.
“Right now, I do not feel any place is much better than Georgia, but we will see,” Langley said. “My top three are Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, then South Carolina and Florida at four and five. The things I see on my visits have put one ahead of the other, but I could take another visit and it could change.”
While on campus, Langley got to hear from the players on the team as well as commitments. The message was the same.
“I had a fun time with Damian Swann, Ray Drew and Corey Moore," Langley said. “They said Athens is a great place and this is where I need to be if I want to be a part of a national championship team. The commits just express to me the same thing as the players on the team; that this is the right fit for me and about the things we could do if they got me on board.”
The initial release of the ESPN 150 revealed that Georgia has six commitments on the list, the same as the Bulldogs signed in the entire 2012 class. With plans to sign more than a dozen more, Georgia could again put together one of the top classes in the country. Langley might soon be included in that group, but he is not sure exactly when.
“I think the 2013 class is really, really strong,” he said. “It would not be a bad thing to be a part of, but we will see how it goes. I think it was best for me to wait it out until I am sure, because I am not a fan of decommitting. Hopefully I will be ready by the end of the summer, but really I am just taking it day by day and seeing what happens.”
Were Langley to commit to Georgia, he would join Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), Reggie Wilkerson (Citron, Fla./North Marion), juco Steven Nelson (Warner Robins, Ga./College of the Seqouias), J.J. Green (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.) and Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) at cornerback in Athens, although Terry and Green could also project to offense. With only four cornerbacks returning in 2013, the Bulldogs need all the help they can get.
Langley is not worried about how many the Bulldogs bring in at his position.
”UGA having a couple cornerbacks committed is not a problem because I am not afraid of competition,” Langley said. “I am good friends with Shaq [Wiggins] and now Reggie [Wilkerson], and they are both good kids who just want to succeed.”
After the scrimmage, Langley got a chance to go into Georgia's team locker room. The staff gave one last pitch to the coveted cornerback.
“The coaches said to come be a Dawg,” Langley said. “They said they needed me and that this was the place for me.”