Exactly one week after losing juco cornerback Steven Nelson (Warner Robins, Ga./College of Sequoias), the University of Georgia replaced him on the commitment list by pulling off a switch with ESPN 300 athlete Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell). The 6-foot-1, 186-pound prospect had been verbally committed to South Carolina since August, but took four trips to Athens during the three months that followed. Langley announced today that he has decided to flip to the Bulldogs.
A month after he committed to South Carolina, Georgia was able to get Langley on campus two weeks in a row, where two different coaching staffs let him know he would have a chance to play in Athens. Head basketball coach Mark Fox informed Langley that he would have an opportunity to contribute to the hoops team as well, something the Gamecocks did not discuss seriously.
"I recently de-committed from South Carolina and committed to Georgia," Langley said. "It was for a multitude of reasons. One of the biggest ones was having a chance to play multiple sports. I do not really feel South Carolina was interested in that, while Coach (Mark) Fox talks to me on a weekly basis.
"I just felt more comfortable at Georgia."
He received his first two scholarship offers from Georgia and South Carolina back on Valentine’s Day. The Georgia coaching staff told Langley throughout the 2013 recruiting cycle that he has been their top target on the board at cornerback. The Bulldogs led with the athlete for much of the spring before some miscommunication dropped them further down the list. Nevertheless, Georgia didn’t let up its pursuit, even after his commitment to the Gamecocks.
Langley told DawgNation that he had silently committed to Georgia last Thursday. On Tuesday, it became public news.
He added: "I am pretty sure people already saw it coming."
Teammate and safety Quincy Mauger has been selling Langley on joining him in Athens since Mauger himself committed to Georgia in July.
“He is pushing me pretty hard, but he knows the whole situation, so he is supportive of anything I choose,” Langley said after his third visit to Georgia on Nov. 3. “Basically -- and I kind of like it -- he tells me I have to do what is right for me and that I will be successful wherever I go. Then why not be successful with your best friend?”
The chance to join several other commitments he had grown close to, an opportunity to make an early impact on both sides of the ball, and the allure of playing for his childhood favorite in-state program proved too much for Langley to dismiss. His addition gives the Bulldogs a secondary class that includes two ESPN 150 prospects and two ESPN 300 prospects.
With ESPN 150 cornerback Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), ESPN 300 athlete Reggie Wilkerson (Citra, Fla./North Marion) and Langley, Georgia now has three cornerback commitments rated as four-star prospects. Langley has the size that secondary coach Scott Lakatos has coveted since he came to Georgia, and gives the Bulldogs 28 commitments overall for the 2013 class.