Sleeper prospect likes Bama

When you talk about hidden recruiting commodities in the state of Alabama, Reshard Langford may top the list.

He is a game-breaking runner with outstanding speed (10.6 hundred meters), Langford would be much better known if he competed for a premier program. As it is, he has the distinction of playing on a team (Tanner High School) that gets very little publicity.

Langford could move--like so many other prep athletes do--and become the starting tailback at several elite programs, but he wants to make his name for his hometown school.

Rushing for 1381 yards and 15 touchdowns in just 11 games as a junior, Reshard Langford (6-1, 194) has an upright style that allows him to see the field and cutback lanes as soon as they open.

Last season Langford played for Coach Tim Bowens (Alabama ‘96-'99), who left the Tanner job in the winter to become Director of High School Relations for the Tide. This season he'll be coached by Laron White (Alabama ‘93-'96).

According to his coaches, Langford slashes through defenses and has that extra gear that allows him to pull away from would-be tacklers. His elusive feet make tacklers miss him in open field, and he will lower his feet and bull over defenders for extra yardage when necessary.

The pride of Athens, Alabama, Langford is also a talented free safety, not afraid to stick his helmet on receivers at full speed. He totaled 30 tackles and four interceptions as a junior.

Langford claims a 4.50 best-clocking in the 40-yard dash.

He is a two time All County selection who has camped at Auburn, Alabama, Troy State and UAB. Langford has been measured with a 36-inch vertical jump. He benches 225 pounds, squats 345, and power cleans 235.

An excellent student who should qualify with no problem, Langford carries a 3.75 GPA in the classroom and scored 22 on the ACT.

Langford lists his favorite schools as Alabama, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Ole Miss, Louisville and MTSU.

RECRUITING NOTE: Langford has strong ties to the Tide program. No question Langford would welcome the idea of playing for Coach Bowens again. Indications are that Alabama considers him a legitimate D-1 prospect, but with one more year of NCAA mandated scholarship reductions, grants to be used in September of 2004 are at a premium.

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