Notre Dame football offers versatile recruit Langley
Isaiah Langley has options.
The junior prospect from Pleasanton, Calif., has already surpassed 25 scholarship offers from football programs across the country.
The two-way talent might have another decision to make: on which side of the ball does he want to play?
Langley has excelled as both a cornerback and wide receiver at Foothill High. After Notre Dame quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur extended an offer to Langley, he left the door open for a choice.
“They like me on both sides of the ball,” Langley said. “Coach LaFleur, as a quarterback coach, he likes me as a wide receiver. He said they'd give me the option. I said cornerback and he said, ‘You can do that. You can carry the rock too.’”
For now, Langley, sees himself as a cornerback at the next level. Recruiting analysts agree.
Both Rivals and 247Sports slate the 5-foot-11, 172-pound Langley as a four-star prospect and the No. 13 cornerback in the 2015 class. Rivals ranks him No. 129 overall and 247Sports has him at No. 140.
“I'm long, tall and quick and I can use that well when guarding wide receivers,” Langley said.
Earlier this month, Langley put his skill set on display at a pair of Rivals camps. On March 1, he made the long trip for the Southern California camp in Fullerton. Unsatisfied with his performance, he took part in the Northern California camp the following day in Hayward. His second outing earned an invite to the Five-Star Challenge in Baltimore.
The offer from Notre Dame in late February came as a little bit of a surprise to Langley. He had been in touch with offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock but didn’t get a sense that an offer was coming. When he received a message to call LaFleur, Notre Dame’s interest became clear.
“He pulled the trigger as soon as he picked up,” Langley said. “It was good news to hear because I like Notre Dame and having the offer means a lot.”
Since then both Langley and his father have been in regular contact with LaFleur. The guidance of his father will play a role in Langley’s ultimate decision.
His offer list includes California, USC, Oklahoma and Oregon, but Langley insists he’s still open to all schools. He has started to consider what will separate his future destination from the others.
“My father is heavily involved,” Langley said. “There's a couple factors: education, coaching staff and how practices are run.”
So will Langley make a trip out to Notre Dame?
“No promises, but I would like to,” Langley said “I have a hectic schedule and I don't think my schedule will allow me to just take a bunch of visits. I have to plan it out.”
That might leave the Irish waiting for a visit in the summer or an official visit during the season, but Langley’s talent might be worth the wait.
2016 QB visits
Quarterback Jon Randall Belton took in Notre Dame’s practice on Friday on an unofficial visit with his parents.
The 6-3, 200-pound sophomore from West Monroe, La., confirmed his visit with the Tribune. The dual-threat quarterback already holds offers from Mississippi State, TCU, Georgia Tech, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette.
He started seven games for West Monroe High as a sophomore before his season ended with an ACL injury.
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