Langi interested in BYU

Bingham High School middle linebacker Daniel Langi is an up-and-coming prospect to keep an eye on. He's a physical player with good instincts in the middle of a tough Miner defense and he's only a sophomore.

The Langi name is well connected to Bingham High School. The latest Langi at Bingham is 6-foot, 220-pound middle linebacker Daniel Langi.

"I'm a good run-stopper and I think that's where my strength is at," he said. "I'm not as good in pass coverage but I'm getting there."

"He's a tough kid," said Bingham running back coach Iloa Vakapuna. "Our defense is tough in the middle and he's one reason why."

Although only a sophomore linebacker playing on Bingham's varsity team, Langi is currently ranked seventh in the state in tackles with 42 so far. He also has a sack and a quarterback hurry.

"Overall, I think I've been doing good this year," said the young Langi. "I've been able to make some plays but a lot of that is because of the help of my teammates. It's pretty much props to my whole team, and if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be where I'm at right now. It's all about the team."

During the Fremont game last week, Langi was a solid contributor in the middle of the field on a very strong defense. Bingham's defense is very strong and one reason why the Miners are doing so well this year. But what about Langi's performance in the classroom?

"I'm doing good in the classroom," Langi said. "I have a 3.7 accumulative [GPA] and I'm on the honor role. It's just this quarter I've been a little lacking because I've been doing football 24/7."

Langi is also starting to receive some recruiting attention.

"I received my first letter from Oregon and that was exciting," Langi said. "I'm thinking about heading up to some camps next summer. Locally, I'll be going to some camps at BYU and Utah."

Langi's older brother Harvey Langi committed to Utah a few years back. But while his brother might be a Ute, Daniel's heart lies elsewhere.

"I'm a Cougar fan," said Langi. "It's all about that Cougar nation and I love BYU. Growing up as a little kid, it was always about that Cougar pride, so I favor BYU more than anyone else in the state. A lot of my family does. It's in the family because BYU is a church college."

Langi claimed that his family, even his older brother, leans more towards the blue than the red.

"It's just a family thing," said Langi with a smile. "My brother is a Cougar fan inside. Deep inside he is."

Harvey signed with Utah as a running back out of Bingham High School in the class of 2008. He is currently serving a two-year LDS mission.

Is there a chance that Harvey could possibly transfer to BYU following his mission?

"I don't know," Langi said with a smile. "It's really up to him."

Meanwhile, Langi wants to follow in Harvey's footsteps by serving a two-year LDS mission.

"The Lord is always first in everything, in everything," he said.

But before that happens, the Bingham middle linebacker hopes BYU will soon look his way.

"Yeah, hopefully BYU's coaches will come watch me," Langi said. "I'm hoping they do that. I would love to have either Coach Doman or Coach Poppinga come down and talk to me someday. I love the Cougars. I love the energy that BYU's defense brings to the field."

Langi has been impressed with what he's seen from the Cougar defense this season.

"I watched BYU play against Notre Dame and, man, I think they should have won that game," said Langi. "The defense played really tough and I love how they played. It was a close game and exciting. Like I said, they should have won the game. Go Cougars!"

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