Isaiah Langley has still yet to play cornerback in a high school game, but on Sunday, as he was coming home from a camping trip near the California-Nevada border, he got a call from his father: The California coaching staff wanted to extend him an offer as a defensive back.
"I broke down and I cried," Langley said, "I said, ‘I'm going to college! I'm going to college!' It's such an awesome feeling.
"I had just gotten back from a camping trip with some friends, and I just now heard about it, maybe three hours ago," said the 2015 athlete out of Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill on Sunday afternoon. "My father called me, and said that I had an offer, and I'm just so, so excited about that offer. As a sophomore, to get that offer from a D1 school, man, I'm really excited. I'm really excited."
Langley – a 6-foot, 165-pound prospect – started this summer as a wide receiver, but after coaches from Oregon and Oklahoma exhorted him to try out corner, he impressed even offensive-minded Bears head coach Sonny Dykes during Cal's three-day camp at the end of June.
Since then, he's been working out with DB Guru Tony Perry, and will be working out intensely for the next couple of weeks with the longtime Fresno, Calif., defensive backs coach.
"[Cal] loved me [at camp], so corner, I'm all in with it," Langley said.
The Bears coaching staff told Langley that they wanted to see him play corner in a game before offering, but after Dykes returned to Berkeley from a whirlwind media tour with the rest of the Pac-12 coaches, the staff pulled the trigger on Langley.
"I have no inside scoop as to why they offered me; I guess I just tore it up," Langley laughed. "I had met with the defensive coordinator – coach [Andy] Buh – and coach [Randy] Stewart when I was there, and we sat down and talked about what I needed to do to get into the school. Little did I know that they were going to offer me in one more month. It's really exciting. I can't ask for more."
Langley admitted that, as a freshman, he "screwed up" a bit, affecting his overall GPA. He came into the summer with a 2.8 mark, but is currently getting an A- and a B+ in his summer school classes, which should lift his cumulative GPA up to a 3.2.
Langley is going to speak with the staff soon, but his father has already spoken to the whole staff, from Dykes to the offensive coaches to Stewart.
"He's excited, too," Langley said. "But, he told me to stay humble, don't quite commit yet. He said, ‘You got that offer, but you've got to ride it out.' I'm leaning towards that side anyway, because it was my first offer, and that means a lot. As a sophomore, at a position I've never played, that means a whole bunch. Whoever wants to beat that is going to have a tough time, because that plays a big role."
"No matter what," Langley said, the Bears are going to be in it until the very end.
Offer Brought Langley to Tears
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