ELK GROVE, Calif. -- No matter who his finalists are, California will most certainly be among them, said four-star cornerback Isaiah Langley during Sunday's Passing Down Central California Regional 7on7 tournament.
"From my point of view, I think I'm their guy, so they keep on expressing that," said Langley, who was one of the first defensive offerees to be brought in for a sit-down meeting with defensive coordinator Art Kaufman and defensive backs coach Greg Burns once the two were hired several months ago. "I keep saying that they will always be in my top. They will always be considered, just because they were my first offer, and because they're home."
Not ‘close to home' -- Home.
In fact, the Berkeley campus is just 20 minutes away from Langley's house, so his visit on Saturday to the Bears' open practice on Cal Day was one of many that he's made.
"I just visited practice. I've been there so many times. It's only 20 minutes from home, and I've been there so many times, that I just watched practice, got a feel for how coach Burns practiced, for how coach Sonny Dykes practiced, and everything was good. It's the first practice I've been to this year," Langley said. "It's my first time seeing [Burns and Kaufman] in action."
Langley said that he spoke with Burns "briefly" after practice, as well as Dykes.
"It was just them telling me their blueprint and their plan for this year. It looks good, and I'm really excited to see what they have to do," Langley said. "They were really organized and convinced that they could change this program around, especially on the defensive side. It's very appealing. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do this year."
Langley – as evinced by his very physical performance on Sunday– is a very hands-on player, and he enjoyed seeing how Burns was also very hands-on with his charges.
"He's hands-on with both cornerbacks and safeties. He coaches every one of them, everybody gets reps, it's a good, competitive type of atmosphere. I'm looking forward to seeing what he does," Langley said. "He has the resume."
Langley had previously told BearTerritory that he would cut his myriad offers down to a top five or top 10 by June 2, but that date has been moved back into the fall.
"I've been changing. I'm not going to announce a top five, nor top 10, on June 2. I just feel like it's a process, and I don't want to rush anything, but I don't want to go too slow. Whenever the time is right, me and my family will know when to make that decision," Langley said.
Before that decision comes, Langley will attend USC's spring game next weekend, and then – hopefully, he said – The Opening, after the NFTC event in Oakland. A fixture of his summer schedule? "The Cal camp," Langley smiled. "I'll be attending the Cal camp for my second year."
JUNIOR DAY: Langley Adjusts Timetable
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