Brendan Langley decommitted from South Carolina back in November and switched his commitment to the Bulldogs. After the switch, Langley signed last Wednesday and is expected to come in and compete for playing time immediately at the cornerback position. What makes Langley different from the other cornerback signees for the Dawgs…..the length and physicality he brings.
Langley stands at 6’1 and weighs in at 185lbs. He reminds me of another cb that just played his senior season in Athens (Sanders Commings), but is more of a big play threat than Commings was. Langley has blazing speed (4.38 forty) and has excellent ball skills. He has excellent closing speed and has the ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.
A lot stands out on the positive end for Langley, but there are a few fundamental skills that Coach Lakatos will have to iron out when Langley arrives in Athens. Although he has great speed, his fundamentals with his back pedal and turning his hips to stay stride for stride with the receiver need some work. He has always made up for it in high school with his speed, but that will not be the case in the SEC. These are small issues that I am sure Coach Lakatos has already been talking with him about.
One thing is for sure, Brendan Langley could be another big play guy for UGA in 2013. He is a versatile player that can play on either side of the ball. In Kell’s playoff matchup against state champion Gainesville, Brendan Langley had touched the ball on offense four times in the first half, three of them went for touchdowns. He is a guy that can play some offense, return kicks or punts, and also be a lock down cb on the outside for the Dawgs. One things UGA is looking for in 2013 is two lock down cbs to free up Swann in Nickel formations to do what he does best, and that is blitz from his nickel position and also drop back in coverage against slot receivers. Brendan Langley could be one of those guys in 2013.