According to Kell coach Derek Cook, Langley’s first choice had always been Georgia, and on Tuesday, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back decommitted from the Gamecocks and pledged his allegiance to the Bulldogs after much introspection and thought.
“We had been talking about it for a little while,” Cook said. “He had been wavering on that decision for some time now. UGA was the first school to offer him a scholarship. They were the leader, and Alabama was right there with them.
“South Carolina didn’t push him away. I’ve had other kids go to South Carolina, and it’s a very good school, but Brendan came to realize and accept that Georgia is where he wanted to go.”
Georgia would be picking up one of the top-rated defensive backs in the state, and one of Kell’s most versatile players. Langley leads the county with six interceptions, and he has 29 tackles on the year.
He’s also contributed on offense, with 28 receptions for 540 yards and eight touchdowns, and he’s rushed 21 times for 310 yards and six scores.
While Langley could not be reached for comment, Cook said the player changed his mind because the circumstances surrounding his decision to commit to South Carolina in August had changed.
“At some point after Georgia made the offer to Brendan, it seems as though there was some kind of miscommunication and rumors about other recruits,” Cook said. “Brendan felt like he was being told one thing while other people were being told something else, and he started to lose trust in what (Georgia) was saying.
“But over time, Brendan and Georgia rebuilt that trust and now he’s back with them. As a UGA grad, I’m a big fan that he’s going there, but as a coach, you want your players to go where they feel the most comfortable and is the best fit. It looks like he’s found that.”
Cook also hinted that Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche — the nation’s No. 1 recruit, who recently decommitted from Clemson to reopen his college search — may have also played a part in Langley’s decision to move on from South Carolina.
“I think hearing about Nkemdiche decommitting from Clemson helped Brendan understand that it’s OK to give himself some more time to think about it, too,” Cook said. “I figured Brendan wouldn’t be too far behind after that. When a big-time guy like (Nkemdiche) makes a big decision like that and deals with what comes with it, then you know it’s important to do what’s right for you.”
According to Cook, Langley liked Georgia initially for several reasons.
Among them was the Athens campus’ proximity to Marietta, which would give Langley’s family an opportunity to see him play. Also, his teammate in Kell’s defensive backfield, Quincy Mauger, had committed to Georgia about two weeks before Langley made his original commitment to South Carolina.
“As a coach, I’m happy wherever he goes and hopes that he performs to his best ability on the field and in the classroom,” Cook said. “I’m very happy that he and Quincy will be together and that they’ll look after one another. I should be a great experience for them.”