Guard Devin Langford Enjoys Illini Visit

After missing on Chasson Randle, the Illinois coaching staff looks to complete its 2011 class with the addition of another guard. One of their prospective targets was in town this weekend and described his visit as "perfect."

Devin Langford, a 6'6" guard from Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama, has been on the Illinois radar for a while now. What's unique about him, though, is that he made the first move and contacted the coaches first. His versatility is something that makes him a desirable player for any program.

"I don't really have a specific position. I usually play the one through three."

Langford may be tall, but he has a point guard mentality and thoroughly enjoys being the facilitator.

"I just like to get my teammates open. I do what I need to do to win. I like looking for other people. I pass a lot, I like to pass."

Aside from Illinois, two other schools geographically closer to Langford have been recruiting him.

"Well, Georgia, Illinois and Auburn I've been talking to the most."

So far, Illinois has stood out for him.

"It just feels like I could fit in there. I could see myself going there and playing there. The guys are easy to get along with."

Langford also feels a strong connection with the Illinois coaches.

"Coach (Jerrance) Howard and Coach (Bruce) Weber. It's a pretty good relationship. We talk a lot."

After Randle's decision Tuesday, Langford almost immediately made plans to come take a look at Illinois. He was at Illinois from Friday through Sunday morning, taking in the football game as well as spending time with the players. So how did he feel after the visit?

"Basically that I could fit into the system, and it's a good school for me. I could further my career there too. The atmosphere is great, and the people there are really good to the basketball team."

Langford won't rush his decision but wouldn't second guess himself if he chose Illinois.

"I don't really have a top but if I did they'd be up top. I'd feel really good if I chose Illinois. It'd be a good decision. I need to talk with my parents before I make any decision though."

There's a good chance that this won't be the last time Langford sets foot on the Illinois campus, as the Illini seem to be in the driver's seat for his services.


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