Devin Langford is a 6'-6" guard/small forward from Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama. He is a long and lanky playmaker who can affect the game with his versatility and ability to create for others. He took an official visit to Illinois in October, and they put the full court press on before he committed in December.
Langford has flown under the radar throughout this career. He started receiving some recruiting interest during his sophomore year but says it picked up during his junior campaign. Several SEC schools were involved with him throughout his recruitment, but Illinois was the one school from outside the Southeast that showed a great deal of interest in the swing man.
His official visit to Illinois in October was his first introduction to the Illini campus and school. He enjoyed the visit.
"I liked all of it. It was an overall good trip. I hung out with some of the guys on the basketball team."
He got an opportunity to see how crazy Illini fans are about their basketball and how much they care about recruiting while attending the UI football game that day. He was surprised people from Illinois knew anything about him. They showed him love.
"I didn't even know how serious they were until all the fans were calling my name at the tailgates and stuff."
During the visit and throughout his recruitment, he built a good rapport with the coaching staff.
"We have a good relationship."
Another big selling point was when Langford and his Lee squad came to Illinois to play in two shootouts in mid December. He said that weekend sold him even more on Illinois, especially playing against UI commitment Mycheal Henry.
"That was a big plus. I didn't know that was going to happen. It was fun playing against one of their commitments."
Langford said he made the decision to attend Illinois even before the trip in December. The two other schools heavily involved with his recruitment at the end were Georgia and Auburn. What kept Illinois ahead of the two SEC schools?
"There were a lot of things. When I sat down and compared the schools, Illinois stood out. I think it was my relationship with the coaches."
Langford described what he brings to the table as a player.
"I am a bigger guard who looks to pass first and be a playmaker."
The Alabama forward has recently started getting to know Henry. He believes the two will be able to compliment each other's games out on the wing. He is excited about signing with Illinois.
"It is going to feel real good. This is the place I want to be."
What is Langford's message to Illinois fans?
"I can't wait to get there and meet all the fans. I think I play a style they are going to like to watch."