"I am going to Ole Miss this weekend and Clemson the following weekend,"
added Josh Langford. "There are some more schools I am talking to about
visiting like Georgia, Auburn, and West Virginia."
Which colleges are now at the top of Josh's wish list?
"Ole Miss, Auburn, Clemson, and Georgia."
Has each colleges offered?
When did Ole Miss get involved with the 1st Team All-State selection?
"They have been recruiting me since I was in 9th grade, way back, but they
stopped (recruiting me) when I committed to Louisville and started back after
I re-opened my commitment back up."
Why did Langford re-open his commitment after being committed to Louisville
for almost a year?
"It just did not work out. I just do not think it was the right fit for
either party. We split on good terms."
What stands out about the Rebels for the Alabama All-Star MVP?
"I just like their style of play and coaching staff, especially coaches
(Mike) White and (Andy) Kennedy. I like the way coach A.K. coaches and the way
they play. They get up and down the court and anyone from the one through the
five has the freedom to shoot the rock. I also like the small town atmosphere
of Oxford. It feels like home."
What are Clemson's positives?
"They are an up and down team too, and I like their coach as well. I just
want to go in and earn a spot, and I just think the staffs at Ole Miss and Clemson
can help me get better. That is what they have in common. They help their players
get better, and they are both up and down ball clubs."
It sounds like Ole Miss and Clemson are a little ahead of the pack?
"Well, yea, and Auburn too."
Talk about Auburn.
"I like how Tony Barbee coaches. They play real fast, fast paced. When
he came to Auburn, he told me that he wanted to play up and down like they did
at Memphis when he was under Coach Cal. He did the same thing at UTEP. It is
the same thing with Clemson and Ole Miss. They play real hard and get up and
down the court. They want you to come in and earn your spot. Nothing is going
to be given to you."
The former UTEP head coach had actually built a relationship with Josh before
he arrived at Auburn.
"He has been recruiting me since I was in 9th grade. Coaches Barbee and
White (Ole Miss) were the first coaches I started talking to. Coach Pearson
(Georgia) started talking to me in 9th grade as well. Clemson just started talking
to me this season when I turned into a three (guard)."
What is going on with Georgia?
"Like I said, Coach Pearson has been recruiting me since I was in high
school. I really like Coach Fox's triangle offense. It is made for the three
(guard) which I am. Jordan and Koby played the three in the triangle offense.
That is a big plus."
Where does West Virginia stand?
"They made a nice run in the tournament. They play at a fast pace too and
do not ever give up. That is a plus. I like their coaches too. I could end up
taking a visit up there as well."
The spring signing period starts in just over a week but it does not look like
Josh will ink until later in the period.
"I have until the end of May to sign, and I have not even started taking
my visits yet. I am going to take my time and see what each school has to offer
before I sign with anybody. This is the biggest decision of my life, and I am
going to take my time thinking things through."
Langford averaged 25 points and 13 points a game for Huntsville Lee this season.
"It went good. I mean, it was kind of a short year, but I enjoyed the time
I was there. We won the state championship this year and what better way to
go out than that? I wish I would have spent more time at Lee. I played at J.
C. Johnson and transferred to Le before my senior season."
What awards have come Josh's way so far?
"I was named this area's MVP, MVP for Sports Net, Regional MVP, MVP for
the Alabama squad (in the MS/AL All-Star game), and 1st Team All-State. They
have not announced the state MVP yet, but I am a finalist."
What did it mean to win MVP in the state tournament and then MVP for the Alabama
"It meant a lot. Winning the state championship has always been a dream
of mine. That was just awesome. The All-Star game was different because they
were so much bigger than us. The Mississippi team was way bigger. I had to play
the five position and guard Demarco Cox. I thought I guarded him pretty well.
As far as the offense, I thought I stood out. We just did not have as many good
players as the Mississippi team. I knew I had to step it up if we were going
to have any chance to win. We did not win, but I thought I played pretty good."
Which position is Josh best suited for on the next level?
"I played the three and four this season. My perimeter skills have improved
a lot. I think it has advanced far enough where I can become an impact player
at the three on the next level."
Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Manager for the State of Mississippi and he
can be reached at email@example.com