Four-star cornerback Isaiah Langley spent his Sunday participating in Oakland's Nike Football Training Camp, and it was a very productive weekend for the highly coveted recruit.
The Foothill High School (Pleasanton, Calif.) star put on a show at NFTC. He lined up exclusively at cornerback and made several remarkable plays throughout the day.
As expected, Langley has some big decisions to make while he transitions into his senior year of high school.
“I'm just taking it all in, the whole process,” Langley said of the 30 offers he holds. He's considering USC, California, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oregon and Ole Miss the most, but for now, he's remaining mum on who the true favorite is.
That said, he spoke very highly of Cal while at NFTC.
“Cal’s my first offer. That’s home," the Bay Area native said. "They offered me first. I just have to consider them. Twenty minutes from home, I know the staff there…Cal’s just home.”
Cal's struggles were well documented in 2013, as the Golden Bears lost 10 straight games in Sonny Dykes' first season as head coach. But Langley doesn't see that as a major reason to count them out entirely.
“I mean, as long as they have my best interests on and off the field, they’re all good with me," Langley said." But you know, they were definitely hit with adversity, so now it’s about what they will do to surpass that.”
After all, all it takes is one strong recruiting class to start an upward trend in productivity.
Langley said he's paying attention to the other athletes Cal is recruiting, though that also won't be a major factor in his ultimate decision.
“That’s not going to make or break if I go to a school or not. I feel like if it’s the best fit for me, I don’t care who goes there. I’m going to compete and do my best,” he said.
Langley sees himself as a corner at the next level, though some schools are giving him the option to play both ways. While it's not necessarily what he's known for, he's lined up at wide receiver during his high school career and wouldn't mind getting to do so in college.
“I want to play as much as I can and showcase my talents, whether on offense on defense,” he said.
As a defensive-minded player, Langley intends to spend the offseason and next season getting stronger as a corner. In particular, he said he wants to work on keeping his eyes on his man.
At NFTC on Sunday, he didn't struggle at all in that facet of his game. He tightly locked up his receivers and didn't let any field a single catch while he covered them. He also made a head-turning play on the ball, a very athletic interception, pictured above.
Langley's goal at NFTC was to get an offer to this summer's The Opening, and by the end of the day, he met that goal:
And that makes his recruitment now a lot more interesting, as Langley had a particular plan for if he did, in fact, receive an invite.
"If I do [get an invite], it looks like a commitment will be coming out of me," he said. "I just hope that I get that opportunity."
As previously noted, Langley spent a lot of time talking about Cal while at NFTC, but according to the recruiting analysts at 247Sports.com, he looks to be a USC lean. He didn't name any other Pac-12 schools outright, but he did say there were a few he is high on.
Though this is the plan he has laid out for himself, Langley knows that recruiting is a fickle mistress.
“I would like to know where I’m going before my senior season, but you know, the recruiting process doesn’t always work like that," he said. "You get ready to commit to a school and then another five schools offer you.”
Also while looking ahead, Langley discussed his intentions after he completes his senior season.
"I’m looking to graduate early in January. So I have to take a couple college courses here [at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif.] and just get that knocked out early," he said.
If he does end up going that route, he would be an excellent early addition to whichever team ultimately earns his signature.
All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise stated.