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November 20, 2012
Langley makes the switch
MARIETTA - Just one week to the day, after Georgia lost a defensive back commitment, the Bulldogs came right back and gained one in the form of Kell defensive back Brendan Langley, who switched his commitment from South Carolina on Tuesday.
"I recently de-committed from South Carolina and committed to the University of Georgia," said Langley after his team's practice on Tuesday.
Georgia was the first team to offer Langley in early spring, and held the lead for the four star defensive back for quite some time.
South Carolina, however, made a move for Langley during the summer, and he chose the Gamecocks on August first over offers from UGA, Alabama, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee.
According to Langley, the decision to flip from one SEC East school to another was based on multiple factors.
"I mean, there were a lot of things, and a lot of little things. I think some of the biggest factors were probably the opportunity to play two sports. I didn't really feel like South Carolina was really interested in letting me do that," he said. "On Georgia's end, I talk to Coach (Mark) Fox on probably a weekly basis. I wish him good luck before his games. So that was definitely one of them (factors). At Georgia, I feel a little more comfortable there. Its not that South Carolina did anything to make me feel uncomfortable, but I'm just up there (UGA) all the time and its not on purpose, but its closer. I just go up there with my friend Quincy (Mauger) and I just feel comfortable up there."
Langley made multiple comments during his recruitment about how he and Mauger were a package deal, but a lot of that talk subsided when the Rivals250 defensive back committed to South Carolina.
As it turned out, Mauger's commitment to Georgia ended up playing a big role in Langley's decision to do the same.
"That was a big factor as well. We always wanted to go with each other to college and that kind of stuff," said Langley. "Then in the end we have to make the best decision that is best for us and we felt this was the best decision for us so we made it happen."
Langley becomes Georgia's third commitment at cornerback, a position of great need in the 2013 class, and the 28th overall commitment.
His ability enroll early and play a position where Georgia will be paper thin after losing two seniors at the end of this season almost assures Langley playing time in his freshman season.
While he isn't opposed to playing early, that isn't the Kell defender's main focus at this time.
"I hope so. Starting is not really on my mind right now. Right now I just want to get in and get acclimated," he said. "There are some other people coming in like Reggie Wilkerson and other people like that to give us all some good competition, some friendly competition, and run for a starting spot. Hopefully I'll be up there."
Earlier in his recruitment, Langley made multiple comments about how he wanted to play on both sides of the ball at the next level, and it appears that Georgia is committed to giving him that chance.
"They said the opportunity will be given to me, so that's all I can as for. I appreciate them not really promising me anything either because promises are never, well most of the time, factual during the recruiting thing," he said. "I'm glad they said they would give me the chance and once they give me that opportunity it is up to me to do the rest."
The 20th-ranked player in the Peach State according to Rivals.com, who says he will be in Athens this weekend for Georgia's final home game of 2012, has flipped from one school to another. But with close to a month before he graduates and gets ready to enroll at the school of his choice, is it possible for that to happen a second time?
Langley says he still plans to officially visit South Carolina and Georgia, but that he has no plans of switching his commitment again.
"I'd say I'm 100 percent (committed to Georgia)," he said. "I know when I committed to South Carolina I said I was 100 percent, but there were just some things going on where I just felt like I had to make myself happy before I made anything or anyone else happy."
At the end of the day, Langley is now glad that it is all over.
"It was a lot of wear. My phone kept ringing, kept ringing, kept ringing, things like hat. But, you know, this is the life I chose," said Langley. "You just got to deal with those things."