Langi Places BYU at the Top

Bingham High School coach Dave Peck mentioned on local radio that running back Harvey Langi could be one of the highest recruited athletes to come out his program. With recruiting prospects like Austin Holt and L.T. Filiaga, as well as Philadelphia Eagles receiver Kevin Curtis, among those hailing from the school, that's quite a compliment.

Only a sophomore, Harvey Langi is a gifted athlete. He's big, fast and catches the ball very well both out of the backfield and as a wideout, and with a 4.0 GPA he's a perfect fit to represent the program Coach Mendenhall and his staff have built at BYU.

"Oh, I like [BYU's] high standards man," Langi said with conviction. "Everything over there is what I guess I'm looking forward to getting into. It's kind of like over here at Bingham High School, but BYU takes it to another level."

Currently, Langi has received verbal offers from coaches from both BYU and Utah, and he currently favors the Cougar football program.

"Yeah, BYU is my top school for sure," Langi said. "Not just because of the high standards and expectations, but because of the great people, great environment and great coaching. BYU is near to home, and so those are some of the reasons why."

Coming in at about 6 feet 2 inches and 210 pounds, Harvey Langi's style of play at the high school level is reminiscent of a current BYU running back with the same first name. That running back, of course, is Harvey Unga. Not only can Langi run and block, but he can also catch the ball from various offensive positions on the field.

"I was timed in the forty at SPARQ once and ran a 4.5, but I was also timed over here [at Bingham High School] and ran a 4.6," said Langi. "So I need to work on my speed a lot.

"Our coaches like to switch me up and use me at different positions. We have a lot of talent on this team, so the coaches can do a lot of different things. They like to put me out as a receiver and let me run the hitch and get out there in the open. I just go wherever I can and do what the coaches tell me to do to help my team. Wherever the coaches want me I'll go and give it my best."

Possessing both size and speed, the sophomore running back is one of the primary weapons on a team that has won its first two state playoff games convincingly. Against cross-town rival Jordan High School, Langi rushed the ball 16 times for 178 yards, averaging 11.1 yards per carry. He scored two touchdowns, the longest being a 72-yard scamper down the sidelines.

"I did pretty good but my offensive line and the fullbacks are the ones that should be getting all the credit," said a humble Langi. "I'm just the guy that gets the ball and tries to do what he has to do. I know my guys up front will do what they have to do, so I have to make sure I take care of things on my end.

"I would give myself a B+ or an A- on my game performance. There were things that I could have done much better in regards to my vision. I'll just work on that this week to better prepare for our next game."

Once Langi enters his junior year he'll then be eligible to receive written offers, so as of now he's just receiving a lot of letters and questionnaires from various college programs. Langi said he is very thankful for the interest in him.

So with a verbal offer from BYU, does Langi follow the Cougars or attend any games?

"Oh, of course I'm watching BYU's games," said Langi. "I've been watching BYU's games all year long. I haven't been going to any of Utah's games, but I've been going to the BYU games. They've been treating me like one of them and I've been able to go on the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium. I've been able to go into the locker room and it's been great."

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