New Albany High School was able to come home with a state title last year. The biggest reason why was the play of their sophomore star Romeo Langford. Now as a junior big expectations have been put on Langford, and the biggest names in college coaching are traveling in to see him.
“Expectations are like every year,” explained Langford. “We are focused on winning state, but right now we have a lot of young guys, so in open gym we are trying to teach the younger guys what the speed of the game is like.”
He continued, “I am working on being a leader on the court and being more of a vocal leader. I am a quiet guy by nature, but I know if I am more vocal I can help my team on the court and make the game easier for all of us.”
Since the first day that coaches have been able to see him, some of the biggest names in coaching have been in. Louisville, UCLA, Indiana, North Carolina, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Kansas have all been through to check in on Langford.
On Thursday it was Bill Self who was in to see Langford, and for Langford it was his first time getting to meet the Jayhawks boss.
“This was my first time talking to them, said Langford. “It was them telling me what the program is about and what they can offer as a program. It was good to start to get to know them as people have them get to know me as a person.”
Also in this week was Roy Williams from North Carolina. The Tar Heels offered Langford in August, and are now turning up the pressure.
“His message was that they wait to offer,” said Langford. “They like to talk to the players and get to know the family before they offer. He told me I am one of four players in my class they have offered so if you look at it, I am one of the four best players in my class. I know he really wants me and I am special to him.”
Over the weekend Langford had a chance to get to Louisville for their football game against Florida State, and the whole atmosphere at the school impressed him.
“That was my first time actually being at a Louisville football game,” said Langford. “I was impressed, it was huge, and I wasn’t expecting the atmosphere to be like that. Everybody was just into the game and there for Louisville, so it was a good time.”
Two other schools that have made it down recently are Duke and Indiana.
About Duke, Langford said, “Coach (Nate) James was down here on Monday or Tuesday. He was kind of just telling me things and helping me get to know him. Honestly all of the coaches basically say the same thing.”
When it comes to the Hoosiers, Langford said, “I have been talking to them for a while. I like Coach (Tom) Crean and Coach (Tim) Buckley. They went in depth on what they can do for me as a player, and how they can help me as a player and a man.”
While Langford is a popular target, and even though he is a quiet kid by nature who shies away from the recruiting spotlight, he says not to expect any kind of early decision from him.
“I’m nowhere close to making a decision or even cutting my list,” explained Langford. “That will probably happen next year. It is just a long time away.”